When he was 13, singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer got into a terrible fight with his dad. Son wrote father a mean note afterward. A few days later, before the pair had reconciled, Scheuer’s father had a brain aneurysm and died.
A lasting image from the end of his father’s life: the stern mathematician tangled in his bed sheets, wearing only white underwear.
“White Underwear” is one of the most heartbreaking songs in Scheuer’s one-man musical, “The Lion,” which comes to the Geffen Playhouse on Wednesday.
Mortality — how intimate knowledge of it changes a person — is at the heart of the show, which...