Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men
Storytelling and songs from the American cabaret legend
This article is from 2016.
One of Lynn Ruth Miller's first crushes was on a boy with the unfortunate visage of Howdy Doody, the iconic cowboy character. That's just one of the eccentric, sweet, occasionally filthy yet heartfelt stories by the 82-year-old force of nature who is a Fringe veteran with good cause – she is bad-ass.
Part self-help; part memoir, Miller (whose recall is astonishing) intimately shares tales of her dating mishaps, sex education as a naive girl, love of flatulent dogs and showbiz career. But to say it's simply humorous is to do it a disservice, there's an undercurrent of melancholy too: Miller tries to unpack why relationships fell apart, concluding that the adoration she felt for her father may have clouded her judgements in finding a suitable partner. She movingly chronicles how she got over a breakdown, and picked up her life. Her charming, candid and warm delivery feels like sharing a cheeky cocktail with a beloved relative, the one you always got sneaky strawberry bon bons from before dinner.
The songs by Dusty Limits co-collaborator Michael Roulston are lovely, particularly one listing all of the philosphers which float her boat. But her heart, as the classic song goes, will always belong to Daddy.
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