Monday, September 20, 2010
The University of Wyoming Department of Theater and Dance opens the 2010-2011 production season with David Lindsay-Abaire's hilariously unpredictable comedy, "Fuddy Meers."
Directed by assistant professor John O'Hagan, "Fuddy Meers" runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. on the Fine Arts Main Stage in Laramie. Tickets cost $14 for the public, $11 for senior citiznes and $7 for students. For tickets and information call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.
"Fuddy Meers" had its premiere in 1999 and put playwright Lindsay-Abaire on the map. Critics called the play "one of the funniest shows I've ever seen," "bubbly fun" and "a giant step toward dispelling current pessimism about the state of the theater." Lindsay-Abaire won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for "Rabbit Hole."
This wacky and poignant comedy follows Claire, a receptive if bemused woman with a rare form of amnesia. Claire awakens as a blank slate every morning on which her family must imprint the essential facts of her life.
For Claire, it's one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on a roller coaster ride of trying to decipher the truth of her life.
"The play is a tremendous amount of fun. While Fuddy Meers asks some probing questions -- which I hope will lead to some good discussions -- it is essentially a farce, a dark farce that is great fun to watch," O'Hagan says.
Photo: Actor Cory D. Winfield with his puppet alter ego Hinky Binky in the UW comedy "Fuddy Meers." It can be seen Sept. 28-Oct. 3.