This touching production begins at the Scrabble World Championships, Austin Michaels' (played by Dylan Cole), crowning moment, he knows over 200,000 words and has just met the love of his life. However we are soon transported back to his childhood home he still shares with his wife, and his Alzheimer's diagnoses become apparent.
Nerdy and simplistic, Cole was still endearing and engaging as Austin, and by the end, we are feeling his heartbreak at what this illness has ripped from him. Circular conversations, repeated jokes plus the running gag about his favourite author all help to convey the extent to which this illness has affected his mind. The post it notes and the upright, large scale scrabble board work well as his reminders to keep the action going. Dropping into other characters added variety to what could have been a wordy show, in fact silence was used quite well throughout.
Although it is about a more depressing subject matter, this production is funny and light. It is well written and is well worth seeing this Fringe Season.