Cabaret review: Lynn Ruth Miller
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Lynn Ruth Miller – Granny’s Gone Wild, at C Nova (venue 145), review by Kate Copstick.
I AM well aware that the wrap-around should not matter but, en route to see Lynn Ruth Miller’s sweet, sassy, funny – and just occasionally tear-jerking – cabaret show, I could not help but enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of the India Buildings and note that, while most venues on the Fringe offer cooking lager at ludicrous prices and aspirationally priced bog-standard wines, the bar here serves perfectly chilled, delicious riesling. C venues stand for classy this year.
And talking of class, Lynn Ruth Miller is pretty much in one of her own. This year’s show is an hour of delight. I saw grown men melt, I saw tough women wipe tears from their eyes and I saw a senior editor from a major publication wear a wig and dance (as is advised) like there was no-one watching.
Between original songs that range from the outrageous through the unexpected to the genuinely moving we get Ms Miller in fine form.
She tells us about her love life, she recounts her dating history with Ted, a man stretchered to her house from a hospice (don’t worry, it is hilarious), and she gives us a little insight into what took her from her youth in Toledo, Ohio, to who she is today.
And who she is today is someone amazing. And unbelievably entertaining. She throws incontinence pads at us, makes us dance, makes us sing, makes us laugh and makes us cry. And she does a mean striptease for someone who is much closer to 80 than to 75.
Lynn Ruth Miller is, she tells us at the top of the show, our future. I do hope so.
Originally appeared in The Scotsman