Bernard Slade's "Tribute" makes no apologies for its sentimentality. This play about a father who never grew up, and his son who never acted like a kid, is designed to tweak if not downright yank at the heartstrings.
It can get pretty mawkish as we watch dying screenwriter Scottie Templeton come to terms with son Jud during a last summer together. Nonetheless, "Tribute" was a popular play on Broadway during the 1978 season, was made into a movie starring Jack Lemmon, and continues to thrive at small theaters across the country.
At the Garden Grove Community Theatre director Gregory Cohen capitalizes on the play's most accessible aspect--a lively, almost vaudevillian streak of humor--and despite a few flaws on opening night (some blown lines, mainly), Cohen's cast gave us a likable, diverting show.
"Tribute" rises or sinks with the characterization of Scottie, as actor Joshua Kaye is fully aware. Kaye is a little overeager to please, but still is able to show Scottie's almost perverse love of life and his need to connect with his son.