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REVIEW - Fuddy Meers at Cloverdale Performing Arts


REVIEW - Fuddy Meers at Cloverdale Performing Arts

Reviewed by Malena Eljumaily

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center starts their 2016 season with an unforgettable play about forgetting. Fuddy Meers written by David Lindsay-Abaire is a comedy with a tragic and edgy spin that is as high energy as a carnival ride on steroids.

 The lyrics of the Peter Gabriel song played as a short lead-in are a clue to what's in store:

My body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love, but my mind holds the key. Claire (Lydia Revelos) suffers from a form of amnesia that erases her memory every night while she sleeps. Her chippy husband, Richard (Dan Stryker) and surly teenaged child (Isabella Peregrina) have obviously been through the morning routine a hundred times, but for Claire, a women who can't even remember her name, every day is a mystery.

Fuddy Meers at Cloverdale performing Arts

Routine leads to adventure when the Limping Man played by Skylar Evans (also the director) shows up and turns Claire's life on it's ear. I will not reveal any more of the plot, since I was never able to guess what would happen next and enjoyed the unpredictability. Suffice it to say that one thing happens after another, usually at break neck speed, but there are also less frantic interludes as the story progresses.

Part of the fun for the audience is figuring out who all these people are and what is really going on, right along with Claire. She is the pivotal character and Lydia Revelos plays her with warmth and determination.

Fuddy Meers at Cloverdale Performing Arts CenterIn fact, all the performances are spot on. Besides those mentioned above there is the nutty side-kick (Ryan Whitlock), whose insecurity is manifested through the comments of his “potty-mouthed” hand puppet, the cop (Angela Squire) who seems a little dodgy right from the start, and poor Gertie (Bonnie Jean Shelton) whose slurred speech as a result of a stroke makes her the last person you should send to call 911.

I love discovering new plays as much as seeing old favorites. Fuddy Meers was new to me and an absolute delight to experience. The plot and the characters pulled me into the action from the start and kept me guessing until the end. It's worth seeing the play just to find out what on earth the title means.  You won't be disappointed with the answer or with any other aspect of this production.

Running January 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:30pm, January 24 and 31 at 2pm.

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center 

209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale, CA

(707) 894-2214