The Portsmouth Little Theatre (PLT) has announced it will be showcasing the adult comedy “Fuddy Meers” this March.
The show, according to Dramatic Publishing, is about a lady named Claire, who has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. One 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. As he is in the shower, a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. Claire’s info book is quickly discarded, and she’s hustled off to the country-house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire’s journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they’ve kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller-coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.
“It’s a miracle that all these million tiny things and countless people somehow align and fall together to make this weird little world onstage become real. Every day, we add another prop or set piece or gesture, and it gets better and cooler. It’s been magical to see,” Director Amanda Gowin said about the show.
“Fuddy Meers” is the directorial debut of Gowin, who is a longtime PLT alum.
“ It turns out I love Fuddy Meers! I knew it looked fun on paper, but what it’s grown into onstage is far funnier and more bizarre than I could’ve dreamed,” Gowin said. “We’ve been rehearsing these scenes for six weeks, and still we laugh every night. And I think that’s something we really need in these muddy, cold, late winter days – to cut loose and laugh.”
The cast includes Rachel Hoople as Claire, Gregory Bauer as Richard, Samuel Perkins as Kenny, Earnest Drew Herman as Limping Man, Victoria Suarez as Millet, Chelsea Watkins as Heidi, and Leigh Anne Smith as Gertie.
“I got insanely lucky with the people who took these roles. These characters— Claire with amnesia, The Limping Man with a lisp, a prison escapee with a filthy-talking puppet, to name a few— are somehow very, very authentic and this family of talent is very believable. When you spend this many evenings together, and work this hard together, you become a family and that shows onstage.”
Gowin warned audiences that the show is an adult comedy and it should be treated that way.
“This is a HARD “R” rated show!” Gowin explained. “It is hilarious, truly, truly hilarious, but do not bring your children. If you like comedies like Tommy Boy and Bridesmaids, I promise you’ll laugh to tears!”
PLT is a 501©3 nonprofit theater in a historically registered theater. They depend on the community to survive and graciously accepts patronage and donations to keep the lights on.
Fuddy Meers will open curtain Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Friday, March 13; and Saturday, March 14. All showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students, and $5 for Shawnee State University Students. You can get your tickets the day of, or online, at www.pltlive.com