Evisit this play I saw it as an undergraduate and was underwhelmed by its plot while ignoring the playfulness and richness of its language As a technical example of how many different voices and translations can populate a play look no further than Fuddy Meers in all its zany shenanigans and longing for a memorable life A frenetic COMEDY WITH SOME REALLY GREAT ROLES FOR CHARACTER ACTORS with some really great roles for character actors laughed continuously from beginning to endI m not sure exactly what kind of audience it is written for though I could see a college or university audience laughing at a lot of the frank observations of reality the drug humour the sloppy violence and strange puppets But then I could see a very haughty artsy audience *getting into the absurdist bizarre elements of the show as well *into the absurdist bizarre elements of the show as well some of the sharpened humour In the end I think this show would play well in a small off off theatre in an world class urban centre I m not sure it would do well in a small town venue although it would certainly push some boundaries355 Fuddy Meers is about a women named Claire Fiffle Claire has a form of amnesia The form she has makes it so every day when she wakes up she cannot remember anything from the past day At the start of the play she wakes up and her husband Richard Fiffle is standing over her He explains that she has amnesia and that every day she wakes up as a blank slate He also reveals that t Play based around an amnesiac woman her forgets her life every morning when she wakes up It had a great cast of characters most with speech impediments and a decent mystery an ex con husband whom she had poured bacon grease down his ear and deformed him a pot smoking son a mom with a hugely stroke impeded enunciation issue Some decently dark humor I think this would be a good play to see on stage This is the funniest play I have ever seen I believe it s almost ust as good read as seen but you ll have to let me know i m afraid it s hard to get the full effect of the hilarity of Binky the demented ex con hand puppet across. By a limping man who claims to be her brother trying to save her from her evil husband They drive to the home of her mother who has had a stroke that left her aphasic her attempt to say funny mirrors provides the play's title The ensuing mayhem is both deliriously funny and oddly touchi. Urrent and past lives at the same time she does We *are then uickly introduced to a random set of characters in *then uickly introduced to a random set of characters in life a man who claims to be her husband who may or may not have a dark past her 17 year old drug addict son a man who claims to be her brother who is half blind and half deaf her mother who speaks in barely discernible English because she recently had a stroke and an escaped convict with a puppet on one hand Like Claire we don t Know Who To Trust who to trust their motives are nor why they all seem to want Claire to come with them Overall this is my least favorite Lindsay Abaire play The characters are all absurdly contrived and it seemed like Lindsay Abaire was throwing every different attribute he could think of for his characters stroke victim crazy guy with a puppet amnesia secret histories etc I m fine with wholly weird plays but there was no connection with most of these attributes to the rest of the play they are random to be random There was also no depth or emotional core in this play I found this a very shallow read and not nearly as funny or witty as the other three plays by the author that I have read The play is set up so you
want to know about Claire and her life but none of it worked for me and for most of itto know about Claire and her life but none of it worked for me and for most of it simply didn t care about Claire or her past defeating the whole purpose of the play This one is a pass for me FWow what a roller coaster of a play The action is high and the plot is compelling the entire time When the situation wasn t dire there was ust brief HYSTERICAL character exposition Throughout the entire thing the reader has to figure out what the HECK is going on and who the HELL these people are there are hilarious characters one of whom is a limping disfigured but enthusiastic man who speaks with a very pronounced lisp one is an elderly woman who speaks garbled stroke talk and there are profound moments of catharsis within the play Amazing and I wish I could watch it At least twice I m reading by this author Awesome It s taken me far too long to Wn to the Minetta Lane Theatre for an open ended commercial engagement Fuddy Meers revolves around an amnesiac Claire who wakes up every morning as a blank slate on which her family must imprint the facts of her life On this particular day the shenanigans begin with Claire being abducted. What do you get when you have a person who wakes up completely forgetting everything from before a thief with a lisp a blind eye and deaf in one ear a grandmother with a stroke a dumb criminal who talks through a hand puppet and horrible secrets You get a David Lindsay Abaire play that s what you getFuddy Meers takes all OF THESE ELEMENTS AND TRIES TO TIE THEM David Lindsay Abaire play that s what you getFuddy Meers takes all OF THESE ELEMENTS AND TRIES TO TIE THEM these elements and tries to tie them together by piece in the midst of strong feelings of hatred from lots of the characters That is we get madcap energy mixed with pain and longing with a healthy dollop of general confusion all meant to elicit laughter and tears Well laughter definitely this is the in spite of what s actually happening I m laughing type of laughter too Tears heart string pulls not so much There s too much wild and crazy and not enough down to earth time I mean even though the Jeff character from Kimberly Akimbo had his idiosyncrasi Most plays are meant to be seen not read so it s rare for me to laugh out loud while reading one but I kept giggling out loud with this one The first few pages alone completely gripped me Despite the fact that it s clearly a comedy I found the last few pages very moving and sad In short this hit every note I could have asked for in a play reading experience I really hope I get the opportunity to see it live someday Pretty funny debut play full of madcap puns and rediculous situations The character with palsy is the gimmick that first caused a stir but it is the slapstick and concepts that carry this work Looking forward to trac I am a massive fan of Lindsay Abaire s Pulitzer winning play Rabbit Hole and decided to read his earlier works Fuddy Meers is the third of his early plays that I ve read this year The plot focuses on a middle aged woman named Claire with psychogenic amnesia that is she wakes up each morning with no recollection of who she is who the people in her life are and what happened in her past This medical condition frames the structure of the entire play as the reader is left to uncover Claire s When Fuddy Meers opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in the fall of 1999 it earned the kind of raves that a promising young playwright dreams about Writing in the New York Observer John Heilpern called him some kind of comic genius And after its sold out run at MTC the play moved downto.