"Fuddy Meers" (Ka-Tet Theatre): "50 First Dates" goes "Overboard" on its way to "Fargo"

"Fuddy Meers" (Ka-Tet Theatre): "50 First Dates" goes "Overboard" on its way to "Fargo"

Ka-Tet Theatre presents FUDDY MEERS.  Claire wakes up daily to a new world. Every day for two years, she greets the unfamiliar.  She doesn’t know her husband, her son, her name.  She has post traumatic amnesia.   She relies on a memory book, detailing her life, to get her through the day.  Every night, she goes to sleep with some semblance of identification.  Every morning, she wakes up a blank slate.  This morning is a little different because a masked man is hiding under her bed.  Or is he always there?  He says he is her brother and is rescuing her. Is he?  She just doesn’t remember.  Who can she trust?   FUDDY MEERS is “50 First Dates” goes “Overboard” on its way to “Fargo.”    

Award-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has spun a comedy of eclectic characters.  They are pure quirky, fun.  Each character is slightly off.  This makes the combinations of personas truly on.  Lindsay-Abaire’s rolls out the big reveals at warped speed.  And Director James Whittington paces the momentum with high-energy.  Act I starts up slow and stilted but it climaxes with a chaotic frenzy.  The final scene of Act I is 1980’s cliffhanger extraordinaire.  Act II springboards from that interrupted hot mess and unravels the rest of the mystery with satisfying, heart-felt humor.  FUDDY MEERS is a light, frothy romp. 

At the center of the mayhem, Kathryn Bartholomew (Claire) anchors the show in believable innocence.  Through Bartholomew’s ongoing awakenings, the audience solves the multiple riddles *with* Claire.  She is just as surprised as we are.  It’s endearing.  Her mama, Daria T. Harper (Gertie) is scene-stealing hilarious with animated, stroke-influenced speech. And her husband, Giuseppe A. Ribaudo (Richard) is so over-the-top nice, he’s creepy.  Ribaudo particularly intrigues with sidebars about his sordid past.  The entire cast morph into heightened weirdness to the pleasure of the audience. 

FUDDY MEERS reflects the distorted truth in this house of fun!                   

 A fan of all things ‘fargoesque,’ Ellen describes it with ‘swift, twisted, funny.’

 Running Time:  One hour and fifty-five minutes includes an intermission

At City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by James Whittington

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:30pm

Thru December 8th

Buy Tickets at www.katettheatre.org

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