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Fefu and Her Friends

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  388 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
This is one of the best-loved Off-Off-Broadway plays of recent decades. In the innovative original production, which Fornes herself directed, the audience follows the lives of eight women in five different "environments.” "Fornes is America's truest poet of the theater."—Erika Munk, Village Voice
Paperback, 62 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by PAJ Publications (first published June 1st 1990)
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Oct 09, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Read for Contemporary Drama class
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This innovative play explores women’s issues and concerns through the interactions of eight friends gathering in a country house, ostensibly to rehearse a presentation. As they speak to each other, the dialog often seems tangential to what has gone before, and there is a playfulness to much of the dialog and action, even at their most serious. Part 2 of the play has no set sequence; the scenes are viewed in different order by different sections of the audience. Episodic with no resolution for mo ...more
Mar 01, 2017 Maria rated it liked it
This eight-woman play, first produced in 1977, is intriguing. It is set in three parts, the first in one room, the second in four rooms and the audience is likewise divided into four parts and watches the four scenes in different orders, then the third part in another room. I suppose it could be seen as a gimmick, but I really like the idea and think it would be fun to watch it unfold.

As for the text, there is a lot of melancholy and joy. I would really enjoy seeing a ton of different women on
Jun 26, 2011 Allan rated it it was amazing
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I first saw Fefu and Her Friends in production before I read it. While the production I saw certainly contributed to the performance that I found myself missing while reading because I knew that not everyone who read the script would ever be thinking of the production I saw, the script is so beautiful that I cannot help but wonder and ache thinking about all of the productions of this play that I myself have not seen. The writing is pitch perfect for performance: sparse enough to provide plent ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jul 04, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Maria Irene Fornes, Fefu and Her Friends (PAJ Publications, 1978)

Okay, I will admit it right up front: I have absolutely no idea what is going on in the last act of this play, and I have done absolutely no digging on the web in order to uncover any random “what does this mean?” threads that might be hanging around. I simply let it wash over me and took it based on its merits as a written document. I should probably go looking at some point, because I liked it enough anyway to give it a strong re
Mar 12, 2013 Phillip rated it really liked it
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I think there's a lot about this play that I don't get from a first reading, I suspect I would need to see it well performed (which I think I've said about the past several plays I've written reviews of here). However, I do like the shifts in staging, which is a really cool feature of this particular play. The play consists of three sections, the first and third in a living room, while the second takes place in four different places--the lawn, the study, the bedroom, and the kitchen--and the aud ...more
B. Mason
Mar 24, 2016 B. Mason rated it it was amazing
My first Fornés play, Fefu and Her Friends really threw me for a loop. The characters and their interactions are both bizarre and at times tender delivers an existential gut-punch that left me intrigued and thoroughly confused at the end. The whole scope of the play, the second part being acted out in four pieces, four times, simultaneously, makes me curious to see the work staged. Fefu is a work that is both intellectually trying, stimulating, and compelling. Perhaps I'll have more to say later ...more
Andrew Hackler
Fefu and Her Friends is an intriguing work of Feminist fiction that grabs the audience and shows them the life of the feminist in mid-1930’s. This play gives light to the feminist struggle to fight against oppression. It shows the toll that the feminist takes. What this play taught me as a writer is the usage of audience. This play moves the audience from scene to scene a method of participation I might have never come up with the idea.
Aug 17, 2012 Danya rated it liked it
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There were a few excellent monologues and it was a truly thought provoking piece, but I spent most of the play confused and frustrated. I think I might enjoy this more when I'm a bit older. It's interesting, but not necessarily recommended.
Aug 10, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing
I loved this play. It did really innovative stuff with staging while not doing too much to scare an audience away. I was also struck by the relevance of a play written in the 60s about the 30s in todays world.
Jan 08, 2009 Dinah rated it it was amazing
If I ever have access to a spacious city loft, eight talented women actors who can be in a room together, and a couple thousand bucks in search of a project, this is absolutely my play of choice. Fornes is a BAMF.
Feb 21, 2015 Leisa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Sep 09, 2007 Bronwyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves bizarre theatre.
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My favorite play of all time...
Roy Perez
Aug 04, 2007 Roy Perez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks theater is sexist and boring
changed my mode of reading.
Jul 09, 2015 Robyn rated it liked it
I love Emma and Julia. I wish this play was Emma and Julia and Their Friends.
Mar 15, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it
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Innovative form a plus, and points of wisdom. Not sure it coheres? Would like to see.
Apr 28, 2014 Tatiface rated it really liked it
I really loved this one!
Apr 28, 2013 Lana rated it really liked it
This powerful and subtly feminist piece has some very powerful moments in it. Would be a fantastic play to experiment with.
Apr 04, 2015 Anna rated it liked it
A reunion of women, one of whom dies at the end.
Jul 17, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Strange little play from the surrealist 70s. Made me think, even if I don't quite know what.
Aug 03, 2014 Sarah-Ruth rated it really liked it
fascinating set-up, to moving the audience to different scenes simultaneously. I definitely need to read it again, there are so many subtleties to take in.
Sarah Barry
Jul 11, 2014 Sarah Barry rated it really liked it
This is play is very strange, but for some reason I love it. It's really hard to explain unless you read it, but I would definitely recommend it.
Oct 22, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
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Mills College Library
812.54 F727f 1990
Jul 11, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
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Totally abstract... Odd. Monologues. HAVE to do one of them (near the end, death and guardians beautiful) pretty words, pretty friendships, surreal outcomes.
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