Solo Fest Review: Girl Dad

At the fifth Dallas Solo Fest, Dallas actor Justin Lemieux contemplates being the only male in the house, in Girl Dad.

published Thursday, June 20, 2019

Photo: Jordan Fraker
Justin Lemieux

Dallas — In the contemplative piece Girl Dad, Justin Lemieux explores how being the only male in a household full of women and girls (Lemieux is married to TheaterJones contributor Katie Lemieux, and the couple have two daughters) has changed his perspective on the world after a particularly testosterone-heavy experience growing up.

Within the framing device of an evening out for dinner with his family, Lemieux deftly weaves particular threads throughout the play—his understanding of his mother, his early experiences with dating, his relationship with his girlfriend, then wife—and masterfully connects them to his present experiences of fatherhood with humor and the occasional (very light) moments of pathos.

Lemieux, in collaboration with director Jenna Richanne Hannum, has a perfect grasp on the slightly nebbish-y version of himself he’s portraying and a lovely, gentle sense of comic timing, though he may need a few more performances of the piece to perfect when to give some of the jokes a moment or two more air. The final action of the play, recounting a night of trying desperately get his wayward daughters in bed so he can indulge in a night of video-game debauchery, is hilariously familiar to any parent in the audience, and ends in a beautiful moment of everyday grace. Thanks For Reading

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At the fifth Dallas Solo Fest, Dallas actor Justin Lemieux contemplates being the only male in the house, in Girl Dad.
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