Claire (Laura Larsen) hangs on for the ride of her life with Limping Man (Chip Rohrer, Tech's first graduate in theatre and electronic media performance this winter).
The Tech Theatre Company is presenting Fuddy Meers, a dark comedy with plenty of twists and turns and some hidden meanings.
And, as usual, the set is incredible. At Tech, it is where engineering meets art. The motion-packed complex features a full-size car (Dodge Neon), most of a motorcycle, disappearing bed and mirrors, reappearing workbench and basement items, and many more items slipped in and out of the darkness.
Directed by Trish Helsel, assistant professor of theatre, the story revolves around Claire (Laura Larsen, fourth-year ME), who has amnesia and must be filled on her messy past, especially her family history.
Along the way, she encounters a husband or two, a son, mother, escaped convict, and enough dysfunction to fill a psychology textbook or two.
There are lessons to be learned along the way: we all dream of better things, everyone who has some quark also has some redeeming value, nothing beats going home again, and family, although never perfect, can still be the base of our strengths (with some weaknesses).
And the Tech curricula are well represented. Besides Larsen and Rohrer, Baylie Campbell (Heidi, a “policewoman”) is a first year ME; Leslie LaLonde (Gertie, a post-stroke grandma), first-year bio med; Anthony Nordman (Kenny, a pothead teenager), first-year CS; Jeffrey Dion Parker (Millet, hand-puppet-toting ex-con), sound design; and Mack Reese (Richard, almost-normal husband to Claire), a senior in STC.
It was a good night out that made me appreciate my family.
Dennis '92, '09