Fefu and Her Friends

Critics

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Reviews: 8

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Fri Aug 23, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 24, 8:00pm
Sun Aug 25, 2:00pm
Fri Aug 30, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 01, 2:00pm
Fri Sep 06, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 07, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 08, 2:00pm
Wed Sep 11, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 13, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 14, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 15, 2:00pm
Thu Sep 19, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 2:00pm
Wed Sep 25, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 27, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 28, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 29, 2:00pm

In this splendidly surreal comedy-drama, performed in multiple spaces in the Odyssey complex, a group of eight women gathers at the country home of the brilliant and eccentric Fefu to plan an event for their do-gooding educational work. As multiple conflicts unfold between the old friends, they struggle to define who they are and what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated world. Part of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey’s 1969 inception. Aug. 3 – Sept. 28: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with 3 additional weeknight performances on Wed., Sept. 11; Thurs., Sept. 19, and Wed., Sept. 25; all at 8 p.m. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025; For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

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Reviews

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"Director Denise Blasor finds the play in fits and starts. The production is at its best during its more up-close, intimate moments. "

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"What makes this play unique in its staging is where the audience members are lead in small groups to various “rooms” found within Fefu’s country estate."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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"Fefu's characters are all female, and this is far less common than mixed gender or all male casts... This casting and the fact that the bard is a woman indelibly stamps Fefu with a distinctly feminist point of view. As such, Fefu deals with gender issues, sexual politics, as well as with same sex relationships. But what really sets Fefu apart from most other stage productions is that members of the audience... in Act I must leave their assigned seats and embark on an onstage odyssey in the Odyssey Theatre’s three-stage complex... where different portions of Fornes’ offbeat drama are presented."

sweet-sour - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Director Denise Blasor's vision of the play is what attracted me to see it, especially wondering how the various scenes would be depicted around the Odyssey Theatre. But while each of the talented actors portraying the women were brilliant in their roles, I found the lack of any clear purpose or even a reasonable storyline its real downfall."

sweet-sour - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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"The play is more than feminist, it’s more than realistic, it’s a solid deconstruction of ideas that propel feminine archetypes, behaviors and relationships from the perspective of a woman. There is a sense of empowerment in the collection of these women. A sense of tribal identity, that theater sorely needed when this play was written. And sadly, as I write this in 2019, a thing that is still sadly lacking in Hollywood. When it’s all said and done, there are plenty of effective and provocative moments, and this production is definitely worth your while."

sweet - Patrick Hurley - That Awesome Theatre Blog - ...read full review


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"Fefu and Her Friends is regarded as a feminist play, which it certainly is. Aspects of the eternal female situation are on full display. The terrific cast is passionate in their playing whether delightfully funny, terrifying, or affecting. The characters as written, however, are thinly drawn. The playwright was after something else. The production is marvelous with set designed by Frederica Nascimento, lighting by Katelan Braymer, sound by Christopher Moscatiello, costumes by Denise Blasor and Josh La Cour, and props by Mateo Rudich. And one can only imagine the tremendous skill that Jacob Price employed as stage manager. Together, they have turned Odyssey, with its three venues, into a theatrical playground."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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"Director Blasor helms the piece with panache and a knowing smile as the uber-talented cast whisper – and sometimes shout – their innermost thoughts and feelings... FEFU AND HER FRIENDS is clearly a team effort! The result is a refreshing journey back in time which should prove entertaining to audience members."

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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"The acting in Blasor’s production, which makes ingenious use of various spaces at the Odyssey through the detailed decor of scenic designer Frederica Nascimento and the moody lighting of Katelan Braymer, is stylized in the manner of a 1930s movie. At moments the frisky mannerisms of the women (dressed in period costumes designed by Blasor and Josh LaCour) put me in mind of George Cukor’s “The Women.” The reference isn’t completely incongruous, as there’s a frolicsome quality to Fornés’ writing. But the interaction, even when a water fight breaks out over who will do the dishes, is never nasty. A flirty, rambunctious affection prevails."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


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"Director Denise Blasor finds the play in fits and starts. The production is at its best during its more up-close, intimate moments. "

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"What makes this play unique in its staging is where the audience members are lead in small groups to various “rooms” found within Fefu’s country estate."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Avatar
"Fefu's characters are all female, and this is far less common than mixed gender or all male casts... This casting and the fact that the bard is a woman indelibly stamps Fefu with a distinctly feminist point of view. As such, Fefu deals with gender issues, sexual politics, as well as with same sex relationships. But what really sets Fefu apart from most other stage productions is that members of the audience... in Act I must leave their assigned seats and embark on an onstage odyssey in the Odyssey Theatre’s three-stage complex... where different portions of Fornes’ offbeat drama are presented."

sweet-sour - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Director Denise Blasor's vision of the play is what attracted me to see it, especially wondering how the various scenes would be depicted around the Odyssey Theatre. But while each of the talented actors portraying the women were brilliant in their roles, I found the lack of any clear purpose or even a reasonable storyline its real downfall."

sweet-sour - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Avatar
"The play is more than feminist, it’s more than realistic, it’s a solid deconstruction of ideas that propel feminine archetypes, behaviors and relationships from the perspective of a woman. There is a sense of empowerment in the collection of these women. A sense of tribal identity, that theater sorely needed when this play was written. And sadly, as I write this in 2019, a thing that is still sadly lacking in Hollywood. When it’s all said and done, there are plenty of effective and provocative moments, and this production is definitely worth your while."

sweet - Patrick Hurley - That Awesome Theatre Blog - ...read full review


Avatar
"Fefu and Her Friends is regarded as a feminist play, which it certainly is. Aspects of the eternal female situation are on full display. The terrific cast is passionate in their playing whether delightfully funny, terrifying, or affecting. The characters as written, however, are thinly drawn. The playwright was after something else. The production is marvelous with set designed by Frederica Nascimento, lighting by Katelan Braymer, sound by Christopher Moscatiello, costumes by Denise Blasor and Josh La Cour, and props by Mateo Rudich. And one can only imagine the tremendous skill that Jacob Price employed as stage manager. Together, they have turned Odyssey, with its three venues, into a theatrical playground."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Avatar
"Director Blasor helms the piece with panache and a knowing smile as the uber-talented cast whisper – and sometimes shout – their innermost thoughts and feelings... FEFU AND HER FRIENDS is clearly a team effort! The result is a refreshing journey back in time which should prove entertaining to audience members."

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


Avatar
"The acting in Blasor’s production, which makes ingenious use of various spaces at the Odyssey through the detailed decor of scenic designer Frederica Nascimento and the moody lighting of Katelan Braymer, is stylized in the manner of a 1930s movie. At moments the frisky mannerisms of the women (dressed in period costumes designed by Blasor and Josh LaCour) put me in mind of George Cukor’s “The Women.” The reference isn’t completely incongruous, as there’s a frolicsome quality to Fornés’ writing. But the interaction, even when a water fight breaks out over who will do the dishes, is never nasty. A flirty, rambunctious affection prevails."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review