Maybe you've seen 50 First Dates and that classic who-am-I flick, Overboard. Well, throw those two fine films into a pot, stir them up and sprinkle a little Groundhog Day on top, and you might find yourself with a production remotely similar to Fuddy Meers.
This intriguing and obscure comedy is coming to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and, you guessed it, its main character suffers from memory problems.
Claire's a suburban housewife and mother who has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. She must attempt to piece together the puzzle of her life while being surrounded by a bizarre set of characters.
"Every character in the play has at least two sides to them," director Kelly Walters says. "It's fascinating, finding out what they are."
The play, David Lindsay-Abaire's first, debuted in 1999. The FAC's version guarantees an original take for one simple reason: Walters, well-regarded locally for his lead acting roles in the Santaland Diaries, Doubt and Into the Woods, hasn't seen the play before.
He is, however, well aware of the criticism that the story leaves too many loose ends.
"When somebody says it has 'loose ends,'" says Walters in defense, "that's because life has loose ends."
Fuddy Meers, classified as a comedy, presents both mystery and danger. The cast hopes that Claire's journey to decipher the truth is one that leaves the audience feeling hopeful.
But if tidy resolution is a must on your theatergoing list, you may want to heed FAC veteran Cory Moosman, who's cast as the puppet-toting Millet in this production. The real satisfaction, Moosman says, should come in simply taking the journey with the characters.
"If you want nice in a box," he says, "go turn on a television."
Indeed, you can always watch Bill Murray or Adam Sandler fumble about. Otherwise, prepare yourself for what is, in Walters' words, "one of the wackiest and strangest and edgiest plays that the Fine Arts Center has ever done."
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