Fefu and Her Friends

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out of five re­minder of how loath­some women are.” She says that to the star­tled Cindy and Christina, two of the seven so­ci­ety women she has called to­gether to plan a fundrais­ing event to ben­e­fit ed­u­ca­tion. They are all seem­ingly vi­brant and glam­orous women, hand­somely turned out in Dianne Klisko’s el­e­gant pe­riod cos­tumes, but all feel less than whole. The seem­ingly com­pe­tent Fefu con­fesses to be­ing in con­stant pain, likely due to her self-loathing and at­tempts to deny her fem­i­nin­ity. She prefers the com­pany of men and emu­lates them when she grabs her dou­ble-bar­relled shot­gun and fires a blank (or maybe not) at her hus­band (un­seen, like all the male char­ac­ters in the play). Re­li­able Me­gan McAr­ton su­perbly com­mu­ni­cates Fefu’s fem­i­nine strength while of­fer­ing glimpses of her brazen mas­cu­line de­sires. The other ma­jor char­ac­ter is the tor­tured, wheel­chair-bound Ju­lia, par­a­lyzed from the waist down… or maybe not. In one of the sec­ond-act scenes in her bed­room, she suf­fers from har­row­ing hal­lu­ci­na­tions that in­volve judges and be­ing forced to re­peat that women are not hu­man be­ings. Kelci Stephen­son, who spent time in a wheel­chair dur­ing a provin­cial tour of a Mun­sch play for Prairie Theatre

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