We wont soon forget Malcolm Grissom. We saw him recently at a Sunday morning audition that was just barely even official. We were there supporting a friend, and we werent expecting anything from anyone. Then Grissom gave us a hometown tale worthy of Garrison Keillor with Bobcat Goldthwaite intensity. He confessed that his mother, still living in his hometown of Honokaa, Hawaii, is more than a little prejudiced toward white people. If she cooks meatloaf and its too dry, she blames whitey. THAT OVEN WAS DESIGNED BY A WHITE MAN! he shouted, eyes wide, pointing toward the imaginary appliance. He definitely woke up the sleepy audience. Today he tells you more about his life story in Differently-ABLED at the SF Fringe Festival, which is all about surprises. The festivals 44 plays were chosen by lottery rather than jury, so theres a chance youll see some less-than-stellar performances. But theres just as good a chance youll see something youll never forget. Take Hitlers Lil Abomination by Annette Roman. Her father is a Jewish Holocaust survivor. Her mother was in the Hitler Youth. What the devil is she?! Its based on Romans own story. To borrow (and slightly bend) Grissoms words, a good performer is not only someone who is funny, but someone who is memorable. Remember that. We sure will.
Sept. 7-18, 2011