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Fear Factor: Canine Edition

John Grady / New York, NY

Posted: 07/11/2011 2:13 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/15/2011 2:54 PM | Updates

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Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to July 22

Beware of John Grady: He’ll hook you on the end of his leash, take you on a gruelling journey and then leave you curled up at his feet with a broken heart.

"I’ve never been in love, except with Abby… my dog," the New York actor (and former member of the Blue Man Group) tells us at the beginning of this solo show, which has nothing do with reality TV.

The "fear factor" in Grady’s mesmerizing and poignant narrative about his bonded relationship with Abby, an ailing, 13-year-old Bernese mountain dog, is the agonizing decision to let her go.

Grady is the consummate storyteller, with a gentle presence and soulful eyes of his own. But it’s not all about tears. There are some humorous moments, too, in this tribute to the human-animal bond, such as taking Abby to doggie yoga ("Doga") classes and being forced to choose between her and Natasha, his mercurial model girlfriend.

Anyone who’s ever loved and lost an animal will be able to relate. And by the time Grady’s eyes start to mist over, you’ll be a mess.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

"A show that is both lovely and mesmerizing" – Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Theatre

"A masterful storyteller…profound delivery" – The Daily City

"Grady's performance is impeccable…" – LA Weekly

Fear Factor: Canine Edition is about the peculiar and misguided true adventures of a man and his very trusting, very forgiving therapy dog.

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Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Under 18 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM CDT: Adds review

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