March 24, 2019 –
With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. Love at 85 centers around the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who is keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her as she seeks to grow - even at her advanced age in these United States and the New South.
Irwin lives in the town where he grew up which is the same town where his mama grew up and where many generations of his mother's family grew up, in Covington, Georgia. His stories reflect this long history of life in a small Southern town with recurring themes of growing and growing old, the bonds of family, the complexities of racial relations in the Deep South, especially during the 1960s and the important art of the practical joke.