Mary Dimino, the winner of the 2010 MAC Award for Outstanding Female Comedian, stars in this autobiographical one woman show that uses humor to discover the heart in a loving family. More…
Growing up in Queens, Mary Dimino idolized her dad, a factory worker, but also realized that she was different from him. In 'Big Dummy: Me & My Old Man,' Dimino recalls her father's simple philosophy on life, which she later interpreted to be a cross between Forrest Gump and Aristotle. The comedian also explores her own desire to go to college and avoid the stereotypical careers of the time.
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
See it if you like to both laugh and cry, be both entertained and provoked to think deeply. You will come away from this show with something special.
Don't see it if solo show aren't your thing, if you aren't a deep thinker or if you don't have a good sense of humor. This show is wonderfully funny & deep.
See it if You love good theater & great solo work. The script is nearly perfect, so well written and beautiful. Wonderful performance also. A MUST SEE
Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show, unless you don't like theater or solo plays. If you are a dad, bring your daughter and vice versa.
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