Writer: Lynn Ruth Miller
Reviewer: Simon Topping
The venue is set out in a cabaret style and Lynn Ruth Miller sits on stage, looking alert and resplendent, in a powder blue dress. As a pianist, Sarah Bodalbhai, begins to play, Miller heads to the microphone for her first song; I love Men.
At age 83, does Miller need to find a man to be complete? In this, her autobiographical show, she takes us on a journey from 1943 (aged eleven) to present day, to find out.
Miller is a seasoned raconteur. The crowd soon warm to her as she begins regaling us with stories of her childhood; how she idolised her father, dances she attended in the Jewish community centre and the limited and confusing sex education she received. We move through college and two disastrous marriages, as her father casts a shadow on all her romantic relationships
The vignettes are punctuated with original songs, which Miller delivers with great gusto, half sung and half spoken. What she may lack in tuneful harmony she more than makes up with in interpretation and style. My Dogs Love Me is a particular crowd favourite and impressively manages to rhyme the dog breed schnauzer within the lyrics. The music, composed by Michael Roulston, has a pleasing Randy Newman style to it and is well played by her accompanying pianist, Bodalbhai.
Miller manages to deliver her deeply personal insights in a very engaging and funny way. Through all her up and downs (and there have been many) she’s still here; a true survivor and inspiration.
Runs 17, 23, 24, 25 May at the Broadway Lounge
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