Show and Tell presents a solo show about a granddad who won a fortune in 1966 and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…
'A Gambler's Guide to Dying' is an intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind. Gary McNair's award-winning solo show opens in New York following highly acclaimed runs at Spoleto Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Festival, and London's off-West End.
See it if One man show about a relationship between a boy and his dying grandfather. What matters most during this time?
Don't see it if You don't want to further appreciate the dying process. I had some trouble understanding the Scottish accent and humor.
See it if You would enjoy a solo performance telling the partly true story of a Scottish grandfather as he nears the end of life.
Don't see it if You have trouble with Scottish accents.
See it if One man's remembrance of his endearing, exasperating grandfather told from a young teen's point of view. Charming & funny, some lines were..
Don't see it if ...lost due to McNair's heavy Scottish accent. Not new territory but a very personal prism on what makes a good death for patient & family.
See it if you like storytelling, love British football, ever lived in the UK, or just want to be absorbed in a very true-to-life narrative
Don't see it if you have trouble with Scottish accents, don't like storytelling (think: 70-minute Moth story on steroids), hate small theater/one-man shows
See it if Gary McNair's solo show spans generations, and makes the art of storytelling an unforgettable experience, with slow moments at times.
Don't see it if if you do not consider storytelling a valuable art of communications, and hate one character plays
See it if you enjoy a story about a relationship between a grandparent and grandson maturing over a number of years
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding a heavy Scottish accent
See it if You like short, one person shows, in a small theater.
Don't see it if You're not interested in stories about a young man spending time with his dying grandfather.
Also Nice story told very lovingly.
See it if you enjoy a good yarn with insights into living and dying. McNair's script mostly works. His acting and the simple staging are adequate.
Don't see it if you want a polished performance. But there is charm, wisdom, and humor. Occasionally the story drags, even at a mere 70 minutes.
See it if you like short, one-man shows that are pure storytelling. A sweet look at the relationship between granddad and grandson.
Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, small venues, or a lack of action. It's a story. The stage is tiny. The set is minimal.
See it if You want to be totally charmed by a masterful, funny, enchanting actor in a beautifully performed piece of theater that will warm your heart
Don't see it if You don't care to hear a heart-warming family story that spans generations ... And you don't like to laugh or be touched.