Gerald Williams kills, but not literally, in this raw one-man show about death and all that it leaves behind.
Armed with slideshow and a knack for storytelling, Williams delivers an engaging performance that lays bare the complicated relationships he had with his late parents and his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The show oscillates between endearing and gut-wrenching anecdotes that lead to laughs one moment and gasps the next. It’s those ups and downs that hold the audience’s attention through the nearly hour-long stream of consciousness, which sometimes feels like a university lecture thanks to the PowerPoint presentation.
The content is deeply personal and Williams, a Vancouver-based playwright and director, breaks down several times while retelling his family’s story. How I Murdered My Mother, directed by Amber Scott, is a meditation on death and expectations framed in an everyday people’s history.
— Eva Wasney
From the Fringe program:
What's the difference between dying "properly" and dying with Alzheimer's? Dying while loved or...?
Does death require the bereaved to exclaim: 91 is too young to die! Does Alzheimer's demand forgetting them before they forget you? Using humour and horror, this new one-man show tells how Gerald and husband tended the final five years of nonagenarian parents.
Describing their individual shuffling off, this funny, poignant and thoughtful reflection offers an understanding on life, roles as children and expectations met or missed.
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: General
Warnings: The performance discusses the death of parents and has a passing reference to suicide.
100 Arthur St.
Artspace Building Main floor
Seating Capacity: 85
Wed, Jul 17, 2019 – 9:45 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 3:30 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 5:30 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 10:45 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 8:45 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 7:45 PM
Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2:28 PM CDT: Adds review