Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men

Storytelling and songs from the American cabaret legend

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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Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men

  • 3 stars

Lynn Ruth Miller Does the perfect man exist, and at the age of 82, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? The TO&ST winner examines the men she has loved and what she learned from each of them about the connection we yearn for, and the difference between love, infatuation and lust. Funny and touching stories and…