We've all had that feeling at one time or another (or, if you're me, constantly): sensing that, though we've gotten older, graduated college, and possibly found some sort of gainful employment, we're not truly an adult. We're all fumbling around and around pretending we know how "grownups" are supposed to act, faking it until we've figured it out ... if that ever happens. (I suspect it doesn't, but please don't tell me that). This is the state of mind Grayson Morris explores in her one-woman show, "Am I a Grownup Yet?" which she's performing at Blackfriars Theatre during the Rochester Fringe Festival.
With her immediately likeable, deadpan demeanor, Morris delivers a wandering monologue of personal stories about her continuing journey toward the unknown destination that is adulthood.
She covers a lot of ground: feeling lost and aimless post-college, struggling to find a job, and -- through the strange world of Internet dating -- searching for a companion to tag along with on the journey. At times, Morris illustrates these hilarious and sometimes poignant stories using cardboard stick puppets; some crude, yet evocative drawings on an overhead projector; and even some shadow puppetry. As someone with a soft spot for puppetry, and often feels like an imposter in the grownup world, Morris's show spoke to me on a primal level.
Rochester is Morris' last stop on her tour of regional fringe festivals, and has plans to retire the show after her last performance here, so catch it while you can. "Am I a Grownup Yet?" has two more performances: Friday, September 25, at 5 p.m., and again on Saturday, September 26, at 3 p.m. Blackfriars Theatre. $13. Appropriate for ages 18 and older.