Review: Telling is Power(ful) in Phenomenal Dark Comedy "FUKT"
Written by Emma Goldman-Sherman
Directed by Janice L. Goldberg
Presented by B&C Productions and AND Theatre Company in association with The Tank at The Tank
312 W 36th Street, NYC, Manhattan
October 27-November 13, 2022
|Julia Mack, Bridget Ann White, and Eileen Sugameli. Photo by Valeria Terranova|
The set design for FUKT is dominated by a large collage on the back wall that, depending on how one looks at it, could suggest either a flower or a wound; the tension between–and perhaps the simultaneity of–these possibilities provides a useful symbol for the show itself, which powerfully mixes sportive comedy and forthright reckonings with cruelty and abuse and filters it all through self-aware play on the conventions of both solo shows and trauma narratives. Written by Emma Goldman-Sherman, FUKT, bending that fourth wall right from–and even before–its opening moments, finds Emma (Bridget Ann White) running into some difficulties on the opening night of her autobiographical one-woman show. Missing a mark is quickly surpassed as a difficulty by the arrival of two further characters (who present themselves as additional actors in Emma's play): her younger selves, young woman Barbara (Julia Mack) and child Bobbie (Eileen Sugameli).
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards