October 3, 2005

Lindsay-Abaire, Fuddy Meers -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

KENNY: I’m gonna kill myself!
RICHARD: You think that’s funny?!
HEIDI: Don’t drool on my piece, nimrod!
RICHARD: What has your mother said about playing with guns?

This rapid fire exchange seeps with humor and absurdity. A teen threatens to commit suicide while pseudo-cop instructs him not to slop her gun. Rather than taking his threats seriously, he is blown off because all through out the play he has been bellowing about one or another problems he is having. Richard, his father, even has a sort of laughable reaction: “what has your mother said about playing with guns?” is more along the lines of something one might say to a small child when catching them examining a gun, rather than an almost grown dope-smoker threatening to take his life.

This conversation seemingly elucidates the fuddy meers of life: it makes the audience question: are we so involved in our own selves that we can not take our time to help others realize their potential? Even though this exchange is meant to be comical and absurd, it still begs us to question the shifting values of humanity. What is more important – a dead kid or a wet gun? It is also ironic because the father-son pair kidnaps the pseudo cop in route to find their wife-mother. The female cop doles out instructs, just as Richard suggests his wife doles out instructions about guns. Though I doubt this any sort of feminist statement, it does seem as though the women in this work are bossier than the men.

This exchange emphasizes absurdity and comedy, as well as the important things in life. Fuddy Meers asks an audience to reprioritize.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 3, 2005 1:53 PM
Comments

Although I do see that this passage is particularly absurd and makes the audience think (as you stated): "What is more important - a dead kid or a wet gun?" I am not sure that I agree with your last statement that the play as a whole asks the audience to reprioritize. What I got out of it was more like "be thankful for what you've got and who you are."

At the end of this play I was more grateful that I don't have such a traumatic past and that I can remember all the wonderful experiences of my life. It also made me grateful that I am not in a situation where someone I care about and love can't remember anything from day to day. But, that is just me. I wonder what everyone else got out of it? (Hint hint to everyone else!) I also wonder if our perspectives will change after seeing the play performed.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at October 4, 2005 3:52 PM

When are you going to the play Lorin?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 4, 2005 4:11 PM

I have no idea. I haven't decided yet. I would like to go on Friday for opening night if I can. But, I really haven't been able to think that far ahead. And do you know how much it costs?

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at October 4, 2005 9:08 PM

Tickets are $5, BOGO. I know most of the actors in the play, so it should be a FANTASTIC performance.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 5, 2005 12:33 AM

Lamb,

When do you want to go?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 5, 2005 12:40 AM