See it if you like good, homey story telling,: personal memoir, low-keyed & not slick at all, with a beautiful ending
Don't see it if you prefer your theater very slick & "professional"
See it if You love unique, meaningful Solo Shows that's about the artist's relationship with her special needs father.
Don't see it if You aren't into Solo Shows.
"The concept and subject has become a staple on the Fringe circuit but what sets this show apart is the writing and the execution which is exceptional: this is a well structured, fluid monologue. There might be some minor flaws when sugar and sentiment ooze into the script but it is certainly easy to swallow and it does not deter from the overall affect and power of the piece."
"This is among the best-written and most humane to ever grace the Fringe. Enormously enhancing the perfect script is Dimino's lovely down-to-earth, compassionate, and always entertaining delivery. This is the only production of the festival that made me cry. Others I've spoken with who've seen the show had the same reaction. Considering this is a comedy filled with laughs, that's an extraordinary achievement. There are lines—especially near the end—that I'll remember for the rest of my life."
"Mary’s story was artfully balanced, and always riveting. The immaculate writing fell upon the auditory center of my brain like perfect snowflakes...The tightly written script was brilliantly acted out by Mary in this final performance of the show’s run. The beautiful direction by Christine Miller wove lighting and choreography perfectly in with Mary Dimino’s words."
"Dimino’s storytelling style, sincere and honest, yet vivid and riveting, is reminiscent of the wonderfully imaginative Jean Shepherd. It is a joy to listen to Dimino’s full yarn unfurl and see the craft and detail, along with the great heart and soul, that goes into every carefully chosen word of her autobiographical story...I would love to see 'Big Dummy become more than a theatrical piece...I loved this play and am a better person for having seen it. Do yourself a favor and go see it also."