What’s this? Michelle, you’re writing a review for another play? Why yes, yes I am. And without a co-post review of a script, too. The reason for this is quite simple: because the production has a lot of improv, the script and the show can be very different. But since I, once again, had nothing to do with this production, have a review. (It’s nice to be an audience member!)
Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and he disappears into the shower. A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. Claire’s info book is quickly discarded, and she’s hustled off to the country-house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire’s journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they’ve kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.
Yes, yes, I know: this is a book blog. But every so often, books and theater overlap. Namely when a script becomes a stage production.
Now, I read a lot of scripts for my theatrical work and a lot of them I don’t feel comfortable reviewing for a lot of reasons (listed over at my book review for Fuddy Meers). But I had nothing to do with this stage production and I was able to get my hands on a script. So, I’ve decided to do a review of the production I saw, quite as if I’m reviewing the movie form of a book.
This probably won’t happen too often as usually I only get to read a script if I’m also working on a show, and I don’t feel it’s fair to post a review of that. But, again, I didn’t have anything to do with this production, so no guilt.
For those of you in southeast Michigan, you too can see this awesome production at Monster Box Theatre in Waterford (click the link for tickets and info).
Production review under the cut.