When I lost my mom to Alzheimer’s disease, one of the things I vowed was that I wouldn’t wait to fulfill my “bucket list” items. At the moment, I’m spending the summer with my family in New York City, where we’re seeing as many Broadway shows as we can — checking off another item on that bucket list. Seeing yet another Tony Award-winning show was part of our itinerary this week.
I’d heard that the play was full of humor, that it cast a spotlight on family dynamics and sometimes the darkness that lies beneath, that it was earning rave reviews and had a stellar cast. What I did not know was that the play features a grandmother with a dementia-related illness. I don’t think one character in the play ever uttered the word “Alzheimer’s,” but I know Alzheimer’s when I see it.