Quirks and Quips Lightens Dark Humor

Posted: April 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Margo Edge

 

Fuddy Meers Review

From the rhythmic stroke talk that rolled off Gerti’s tongue to the hysterical hair pulling and gun blazing fight scene, the cast of Fuddy Meers produced a first class performance in the Regina Theatre.

Claire, played by Jennifer Gates, is plagued by psychogenic amnesia. Everyday she awoke as blank slate, having to be told time after time who she was and who the other people in her life were. Gates’ performance was splendid. She made her perky and overly accepting character believable.

Richard, played by Jaime Guiscafre IV, was an ever so happy, yet conniving husband to Claire. Jaime’s infectious smile brightened up the stage and paved the way for hysterical under tones of other characters.

Kenny, played by Brett Sanson, was a a rebellious teenager that just wanted his mommy back. Sanson’s portrayal of this character was spot on. He did not just play a pot smoking youth, but he whole heartedly wanted his mother’s condition to get better. His emotional outbursts were never over the top.

Sweet old Gerti was played by Andrea Kleiner. Kleiner portrayed the Gerti superbly. She never once, slipped up on the difficult language after a stroke, but also made it understandable for her audience. The character inspired the name for the play being unable to say funny mirrors after her stroke and instead said Fuddy Meers.

Kat Gatewood played the character of Heidi. Although her acting fit right in with this crazy cast of comedic knuckleheads, her costume was over the top. At one point, the audience may have been able to see a little more than they bargained for. Heidi is a character thatimpersonates a police officer, but is really a jail lunch lady helping the Limping Man bust out of jail.

The mentally unstable, puppet-bearing Millet was played by Tyler Schott. Schott’s way of tackling these unconventional characters of Millet and his puppet was psychologically unnerving at times, which made for a memorable performance.

Julian Colletta’s intense acting added a little dark humor to the production. The insane head turning humor that came from his mouth was hilarious. Colletta played Limping Man a.k.a Zach a.k.a Phillip. From a permanent limp to a persistent lisp, his acting never faltered.

The stage was ingeniously constructed by a Guiscafre and a crew of others. This brilliant design was built into a cube that was manipulated into the various different back drops for the scenes. Guiscafre told that audience during the talk back after the show, “The cube took around 300 hours to put together.”

The disclaimer, not only in the written program but also prior to the performance getting underway, was a nice touch for the audience. There was explicit language and adult content that younger kids should not have seen, but also added some comic relief to get the audience comfortable in their seats and loosen them up.

The actors were very informative about the process each of them had to go through for this production. The cast were able to paint a vivid picture of the entire process. Other than an explicit outburst from Gatewood, the talk back was a pleasant addition for the audience after the February 26 show.

This was Audrey Lauren-Wax’s first time directing in the Regina Theatre. Lauren-Wax is also a theatre faculty member at Edgewood.

The production was originally written by David Lindsay-Abaire. This extremely hilarious comedy was first performed off Broadway. After performing for sell out crowds off of Broadway, Fuddy Meers was performed on Broadway for another successful run. Lindsay- Abaire has written many on and off Broadway shows such as Rabbit Hole and his most recent production Good People which opened March 3rd.

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