fuddy meers

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Joe DeMita

May 8-10, 2008
The Factory Theater
791 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
entrance off of Northampton Street
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Claire is a typical woman. She lives a quiet, suburban life with her husband, Richard, teen-aged son, Kenny, and her search-a-word puzzles. But Claire has a secret, mysterious past... a past which remains a secret even to herself, because Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia, which erases her memory every time she goes to sleep. One morning, following a typical conversation in which the ever-chipper Richard has re-introduced Claire's unique circumstances to her, a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man claiming to be Claire's brother arrives to "save her" from Richard. The limping man brings Claire to the home of her mother, Gertie, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to near gibberish. While Gertie struggles to reveal the truth of Claire's past, things get further complicated with the appearance of Millet, a dimwitted man with a foul-mouthed hand puppet, as well as the arrival of Richard, Kenny, and an inept lady-cop named Heidi. Each bizarre character adds a new twist to the funhouse plot, and brings Claire — and the audience — one puzzle piece closer to revealing the full picture of Claire's past. There's never a dull moment in this hilarious — and, often, poignant — roller coaster comedy, which takes the audience along for the twisting, turning, non-stop joy ride.

Claire ... Linda Goetz
Richard ... Jim Petty
Limping Man ... Tom Rimer
Kenny ... Anthony DiBartolomeo
Gertie ... Theresa Chiasson
Millet ... Chris DiOrio
Heidi ... Katie Graycar

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