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The best way I can explain the
plot of ‘Fuddy Meers’ is that, well…
it’s hard to explain. I had read a plot
summary before going to see it, and
I was still shocked by the twists
and surprises that occurred. In
addition to having an intriguing
storyline, the hilarious dialogue
and powerful performances from
the cast made ‘Fuddy Meers’
entertaining and awesome.
The play opens on Claire (Bailey
Campanini), who is waking up to a
new morning that is essentially the
same as every other morning, since
her psychogenic amnesia erases
her memory every night while she
sleeps (50 First Dates, anyone?).
Each morning she is reintroduced
to her husband, her son, and the
reality of her condition. Campanini
gave an endearing and energetic
performance that kept things
interesting even during the slower
sections of the plot.
Her husband Richard (Michael
Dodson) and son Kenny (Samuel
Binkley) provide comic relief
while Kenny constantly insults
Richard, and the two of them share
a hilarious scene getting high while
driving in search of Claire, who has
been taken away by her ex-husband
Phillip (a limping, lisping Jason
Cavallone), who Claire believes is
her brother Zack.
Phillip brings her to the home of
Gertie (Rachel Petricka), Claire’s
frail, but feisty mother, whose recent
stroke has left her with mangled,
unintelligible speech. Petricka is
hilarious and adorable as Gertie,
hobbling around stage and shouting
things in her stroke language. One
of the most exciting parts of the play
happens when Gertie stabs Phillip in
the back and then triumphantly calls
the police on herself.
At Gertie’s home we meet my two
favorite characters—Millet (Stephen
Chamineak), a recent prison
escapee and Phillip’s kidnapping
accomplice, and Binky, Millet’s
self-made sock puppet with a foul
mouth and a penchant for spilling
secrets. Chamineak stole the stage
with Binky’s wild outbursts and his
ability to manage a conversation
between Millet and Binky, staying
in perfect character for both.
Maggie Hunter also provides a
comedic performance as Heidi, the
prison lunch lady who is madly
in love with Phillip and therefore
Fuddy Meers Awesome, Entertaining
helped him and Binky escape from
prison and then impersonated a cop
to aid Phillip in kidnapping Claire.
Like I said…difficult to explain.
The play concludes with Claire
finding out that Phillip is really her
ex-husband and Kenny’s father, and
that he was abusive during their
marriage. Her brother Zack is dead,
and she didn’t meet her second
husband until after her amnesia set
in, meaning she has never known
him for more than one day at a time.
Despite Gertie’s reassurance that
everything is going to be happy and
good, ‘Fuddy Meers’ closes with
Claire falling asleep again to the
disappointment and frustration of
Richard and Kenny, who we know
will have to start the whole process
over again in the morning.
Overall, I give the performance
an “A” for entertainment, acting,
awesome set design and transitions,
and most of all, for Binky.
By Molly Dougherty
Sally Rolfe
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