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In My Father's Words

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Part of 59E59's "Brits Off-Broadway" Festival, a family drama about identity and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. More…

In an old house by the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, Louis battles with his elderly father, Don, whose decline into dementia is gradually robbing him of the ability to speak. Into their lives comes Flora, a caregiver. Flora, who is of Scottish heritage, understands that the 'nonsense' that Don speaks is fragmented Gaelic, opening up an ocean of revelations and buried family history spanning the Atlantic.

June 11th, 2015
"Despite its alluring linguistic surface, 'In My Father's Words' is a standard daddy-issues drama...There's enough intelligence at work in 'In My Father's Words' that one feels genuine dismay when it falls back on family-drama formulas. Still, the passages in Gaelic make a distinctive music of th...
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June 10th, 2015
"The inability of fathers and sons to connect with one another is not exactly a breakthrough theatrical concept, but playwright Young brings in enough fresh ideas about memory, identity, and the magnificent power of language in his three-character play 'In My Father’s Words' to keep it from falli...
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June 11th, 2015
"It tackles heavy issues, this play is warm, unexpectedly charming, and powerful. The Scottish actors’ portrayals are very satisfying, the set design is fresh, and direction by Phillip Howard is tighter than a ship captain’s. This little show takes on many epics with real curiosity, depositing ol...
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June 15th, 2015
"In fact, 'In My Father's Words' might be a truly great play if the author could have figured out a satisfactory ending. As it is, Young introduces too many plot lines and leaves too many questions unanswered...A weak ending in any play is a disappointment, but in such a truly glorious play, it i...
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