An authentic journey that makes you cringe and laugh. Among the best one actor performances I’ve seen. One man playing all the roles in a difficult story that shaped his life. Go see it.
Jeremy has crafted a wonderful tale about growing up with divorced parents and goes on a road trip with his father and comes across all sorts of wonderful characters along the way. He keeps his characters clear and has fun with them. The show is fast paced and fun. But most importantly we care. We care about these people. His father is rotten and we even care for him which is remarkable. The show could easily get over dramatic and we could have an adult Jeremy in a puddle or even yank some emotional strings. But no, Jeremy tells the story. Puts it out there. He lets his audience feel and consider and in the end that impact is felt. Solo shows can be tricky but this one is a delight. Please go see it. You will be glad you did.
I loved every second of this show. Jeremy’s portrayal of his ten-year-old self and menagerie family members was hard hitting and close to home – leaving me laughing out loud and walking out teary eyed. Just wonderful!
A far reaching multi character tour de force of comedic pathos that will leave you in multiple types of stitches. Hilarious, gross, virtuosic, familiar, real, yet at points somehow heart warming and touching, it’s truly worth your time.
Captivating tale. I enjoyed every minute of it. He tells his story with heart, enthusiasm, and truth. Well done and a must see.
Review From George Heymont of the huffington post, “”Keeping Up With The Jorgensons proved to be a delightful hour of mirth mixed with adolescent angst brought on by a cast of characters that could make All in the Family, Roseanne, and Married…with Children seem a bit too Disneyfied.” Read the whole review below:
The road has always been about possibilities, about the sort of glimmers of truth, sadness, beauty or whimsy caught on those serendipitous pit stops. Jeremey Julian Greco deftly captures a jumble of sensations, throws them across the stage, and takes us on a trip that is at once funny, troubling and revealing. And that’s just the foot rubs. “Keeping Up with the Jorgensons,” Greco’s most fully realized stage piece, takes us on a journey into the past to illuminate what matters today. Engaging and at times wrenching, it’s the sort imperfect jaunt that’s most definitely worth taking.
This is one road trip you definitely want to take. I sat enthralled watching Jeremy relate his hilarious and often disturbing tale. His family is wonderfully brought to live in the performance, and I highly recommend the experience.
Awesome and well crafted performance.
Jeremy makes you a part of his family. We all have characters in our family and Jeremy does a fantastic job of pulling you into each family member as if you know them as well as him. A bit of comic relief .. but almost too scary to really laugh.
I highly recommend this to everyone .. but not for kids who haven’t heard the f-word alot. Another candidate for Best of the Fringe.
For better or worse you will feel a part of his family by the end of the show.
For Better, because his portrayal of characters is so flawless in voice and movement that you can not help but feel you’ve seen the actual person up there including Jeremy himself at age 10.
For Worse, because those portrayals are so honest they may remind you of aspects of relatives in your own Family Tree. And for some of those characters it may not be a good thing to recognize.
Hilarious in parts, awkward (in the best possible way) in others, touching throughout.
Jeremy is a wonderful Storyteller and is willing to lay it all on stage.
Put this on your list and be happy you did.
Jeremy is a master of bringing his characters to life, whether they be fictional, a loving portrayal of a friend, or in this case his dysfunctional family. His ability to flawlessly give voice to the many cringe-worthy members of the Jorgenson clan is both entertaining and at times a bit uncomfortable. I’ve watched Jeremy tell great stories for many years, this may be his most raw performance and I can’t recommend this road trip highly enough.
Jeremy is an amazing storyteller. I’ve watched him for years and loved his ability to bring his characters to life, be they fictional or a loving tribute to a mutual friend. This show shines a spotlight on his father’s side of the family, clearly a “colorful” bunch of characters. His ability to portray so many members of his family with such skill is incredible, and his talent leaves me in awe. If you know Jeremy or if you don’t, I think you will walk away from this performance feeling like you have heard an interesting coming of age story that is delightfully told. Disneyland, here we come!
Great show! Jeremy’s characters are awesome and his material is very funny. My husband and I both enjoyed every minute of it, and the folks around me who were talking afterwards did too. So much about dysfunctional families that resonated. Still talking about it on the car ride home. Recommended!
Amazing show. Sharp and authentic writing brought to life with humor. The characters are well defined and memorable, the pacing fast, and Jeremy’s timing is spot on. Looking forward to seeing more from Jeremy in the future.
This was a sweet show, which keeps you thoroughly entertained and engaged with its madcap characters. I recommend it if you believe you have really outrageously bad relatives. This show will either leave you feeling a new respect for your family, or at least with the comfort of knowing you are not alone. It reminds everyone that we are not defined or limited by our origins – we all can be transcendent.
Wow! A dark comedy packed with razor-sharp writing and delivered with gale force energy! Little Jeremy takes a road trip to a family wedding (and hopefully, Disneyland, too) that’s spiked at every turn by his extended, distinctively deranged family — from a loving/passive-aggressive grandma trolling the bathroom door to a cousin with a foul soul worthy of Dorian Gray — relations from Hell that’ll leave you far more forgiving of your crassest craziest kin. Exactly the sort of show you want to find at the Fringe, a blast of edgy hilarity that sends you out of the theater quoting lines and wanting to recommend it to everyone. Go see it!!!
I loved this road trip/guilt trip. Who didn’t dream as a kid of going to Disneyland? Jeremy’s extreme desire to make it come true against all odds is now a terrific play. The outpouring of all that angst from a tender young heart stuck in the middle of wildly dysfunctional family characters all attempting to get their way is what makes great theater. And he pulls it all together with humor, pathos and real acting chops. Few shows have so many memorable moments, that on second viewing, I looked forward to laughing out loud at my favorite lines. “Is that ok?”
I loved this road trip/guilt trip. Who didn’t dream as a kid of going to Disneyland? Jeremy’s extreme desire to make it come true against all odds is now a terrific play. The outpouring of all that angst from a tender young heart stuck in the middle of wildly dysfunctional family characters all attempting to get their way is what makes great theater. And he pulls it all together with humor, pathos and real acting chops. Few shows have so many memorable moments, that on second viewing, I looked forward to laughing out loud at my favorite lines. “Is that ok?” rock on Greco.
Both gut-busting and gut-wrenching, it perfectly captures the horrors and humiliations of childhood. As filtered through the memories of the author/performer’s ten-year-old self, a gallery of grotesques is brought to profane and vivid life. Just as impressive as Greco’s characterizations is his ability to shift back and forth between them so quickly and seamlessly. A queasy reminder that while kids are perceptive enough to see the insanity of the grown-ups around them, they’re powerless to do anything about it. Until they grow up and make really cool, dark, funny art about it.
Hard hitting account of a father/son relationship gone haywire…or to Disneyland. Raw and honest…a theater experience not to be missed.
Can’t wait to see the entire production, as Jeremy was absolutely hilarious.
Highly, highly recommended!
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