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Fuddy Meers

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  352 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up 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 he disappears into the shower. A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by The Overlook Press (first published 2000)
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Aug 02, 2015 Kyle rated it liked it
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A frenetic comedy with some really great roles for character actors. I laughed continuously, from beginning to end.

I'm not sure exactly what kind of audience it is written for, though. I could see a college or university audience laughing at a lot of the frank observations of reality, the drug humour, the sloppy violence, and strange puppets. But then I could see a very haughty, artsy audience getting into the more absurdist, bizarre elements of the show as well as some of the more sharpened hum
Jun 21, 2012 Gabriel rated it liked it
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What do you get when you have a person who wakes up completely forgetting everything from before; a thief with a lisp, a blind eye, and deaf in one ear; a grandmother with a stroke; a dumb criminal who talks through a hand puppet; and horrible secrets? You get a David Lindsay-Abaire play, that's what you get.

Fuddy Meers takes all of these elements and tries to tie them together piece by piece in the midst of strong feelings of hatred from lots of the characters. That is, we get madcap energy mix
Jun 18, 2012 Tung rated it did not like it
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I am a massive fan of Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-winning play "Rabbit Hole", and decided to read his earlier works. Fuddy Meers is the third of his early plays that I’ve read this year. The plot focuses on a middle-aged woman named Claire with psychogenic amnesia – that is, she wakes up each morning with no recollection of who she is, who the people in her life are, and what happened in her past. This medical condition frames the structure of the entire play, as the reader is left to uncover Clai ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Cassie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: absurdist play fans
Recommended to Cassie by: Ben
Some of the dialogue was a little confusing, and I wasn't quite sure where the playwright was going with some of his plot choices, but overall I think it would be a very intriguing show to watch and be a part of.
Jan 12, 2016 Daniel rated it it was amazing

Wow what a roller coaster of a play. The action is high and the plot is compelling the entire time. When the situation wasn't dire, there was just brief, HYSTERICAL character exposition. Throughout the entire thing, the reader has to figure out what the HECK is going on and who the HELL these people are; there are hilarious characters, one of whom is a limping, disfigured, but enthusiastic man who speaks with a very pronounced lisp, one is an elderly woman who speaks garbled "stroke-talk",
Apr 01, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This doesn't necessarily come off the page, but I'll bet it's terrific with the right cast, direction, etc.
Apr 05, 2015 Lauri rated it liked it
Lots of layers. Amusing read with deeper undertones. I'd like to see it performed.
Oct 06, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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Most plays are meant to be seen, not read, so it's rare for me to laugh out loud while reading one, but I kept giggling out loud with this one. The first few pages alone completely gripped me. Despite the fact that it's clearly a comedy, I found the last few pages very moving and sad. In short, this hit every note I could have asked for in a play-reading experience. I really hope I get the opportunity to see it live someday.
Mar 07, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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It's taken me far too long to revisit this play. I saw it as an undergraduate and was underwhelmed by its plot, while ignoring the playfulness and richness of its language. As a technical example of how many different voices and translations can populate a play, look no further than Fuddy Meers, in all its zany shenanigans and longing for a memorable life.
Feb 16, 2015 Caroline rated it liked it
Very funny script. Likely comes across funnier if performed.
Nov 29, 2007 Oliver rated it liked it
Pretty funny debut play full of madcap puns and rediculous situations. The character with palsy is the gimmick that first caused a stir, but it is the slapstick and concepts that carry this work. Looking forward to tracking this author's career in the coming years.
Alexia Cameron
Jan 03, 2011 Alexia Cameron rated it it was amazing
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This is the funniest play I have ever seen! I believe it's almost just as good read as seen, but you'll have to let me know... i'm afraid it's hard to get the full effect of the hilarity of Binky, the demented ex-con hand puppet across...
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Oct 09, 2013 Fauzia Lakh rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure what to think at first about the gibberish-type dialogue. I am glad I stayed with it because it all came together at the end, and I found it worth the trip. It took me a while but I caught the humor.
I am currently stage managing a prodcution of this show. The more I read it, the more I love it. It was brilliantly written and I have a lovely cast who makes it come to life.
Jun 25, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Lindsay-Abaire is who I read when I need to laugh. This play included two speech inpediments, a hand puppet and various other nonsensical things.
Shans McClellan
Aug 26, 2009 Shans McClellan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heart this playwright mucho mas...also loved 'The Wonder of the World' but it wasn't available to choose and comment upon.
Jun 23, 2011 Paul rated it liked it
Really good 1st and 2nd acts and decent ending. Hilarious dialogue. Love the stoner kid and the dad.
Jul 04, 2011 Lori added it
I have seen the play too. Interesting ideas - amnesia or coping mechanisms.
Dec 20, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
It definitely is not as good of a read as it is seeing it.
Feb 25, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
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This play had a much sadder ending than one would expect.
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David Lindsay-Abaire is an American playwright and lyricist. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play, Rabbit Hole.
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