comedy 'Fuddy Meers' opens this weekend at Lincoln College
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[February 04, 2010]
"Fuddy Meers," a raucous
comedy being staged by the Lincoln College Fine Arts division, is a
sure way to shake off the winter blues. The production at the
Johnston Center runs for two weekends only, Jan. 22-24 and Jan.
29-31. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday
performances and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinees.
Audiences are in for a delight as hilarity ensues when an amnesic
woman, with the help of a blind, deaf and limping man, a
gibberish-speaking stroke victim and a man toting a puppet try to
work their way out of one mess after another. This enjoyable farce
was described by The New York Times as a "dark, sweet and thoroughly
"Fuddy Meers" tells the story of Claire, who
suffers from a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her
memory whenever she goes to sleep.
The story unfolds when one morning, like every other morning, her
memory is 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 then disappears into the shower.
A limping, lisping, half-blind/half-deaf man wearing a ski mask pops
out from under her bed, claiming to be her brother and that he's
come to save her.
Claire's daily lifeline -- the info book -- is quickly discarded,
and she's hustled off to the country home 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
female cop 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 of a day when an amnesiac tries to decipher her
fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman's
attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio cabinet of
alarmingly bizarre characters.
"Fuddy Meers" was written by David Lindsay-Abairs. The LC
production is directed by Chris Gray, Fine Arts chair, and designed
by Martin Holden, assistant theater professor. Student designers are
Mikel Frost, handling sound; Aimee Henderson, lights; and Tinesheia
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Performers in the talented cast are:
Williams of Lincoln and Alexanderia Reed of Chicago.
Man: Craig Noort of Lansing.
Hinky-Binky, his Puppet: Zach Williams of Danvers.
James of Decatur and Neiko Boyd of Chicago.
Walton-McNeal of Calumet City.
Kenny: Cody Follis
Gertie: Cassie Ellwing of Mundelein.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling
217-732-3155, ext. 280. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for
seniors and students with valid ID.
This production and cast will compete in the American College
Theatre Festival competition. An ACTF respondent will adjudicate the
production and the acting and provide feedback to the cast and crew.
Student actors will then be eligible for nomination to the Irene
Ryan Acting Competition, which is held annually at the prestigious
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
More information on the Lincoln College Fine Arts division is
available on the college's Web site at
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