⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for The F WORDS from the Edmonton Journal

REVIEW: SEPT 13, 2016
Despite the show’s title, The “F” Words is not a celebration of curse words and vulgarity. There IS cursing, but there’s more to it.

Yvette Dudley-Neuman takes us through the emotional roller-coaster of the life of Frannie, variously known as Funny Frannie and Fat Frannie by her friends and detractors, respectively. By now, you can see the alliteration that will weave through the play and give it its name.

In her early years, Frannie is inspired by her strong Greek grandmother, a woman who gives her hope. But like many of us, Frannie’s later years are fraught with fear and an overbearing sense of dread. She drifts away from her friends and becomes forlorn, a mess of confusing feelings and fatalism dragging her into depression.

Will Frannie throw in the towel and give in her to her Fattist (OK, I think that one’s made up) adversaries or will she put her fortitude on display and drag herself out of her funk?

Yes, some of the “F” words that come up include curses and vulgarity, and this may not be a show you will want to bring the kids along for. But you would be missing out on this incredibly alliterative journey if you skip it entirely.

As Frannie, Dudley-Neuman is the perfect mix of manic energy and depressed stupor. She embodies the highs and lows most of us feel as we grow older, the self doubt that creeps in turning from a slow simmer to a rolling boil.

The “F” Words does suffer from a few faults. The opening is a bit slow and the whole show could have cut about 10 minutes. But don’t let that stop you from checking this amazing emotional tour de force.

— Justin Bell – Edmonton Journal

The “F” Words

• 4 stars out of 5

• Stage 8 Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre

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ARTS BRIEFS: Coquitlam playwright shortlisted for The F Words

ARTS BRIEFS: Coquitlam playwright shortlisted for

The F Words.

2014

Playwriting Competition

Official Finalists & Results

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Theatre BC and the Jurors, we wish to extend our appreciation for all the work and creativity from the playwrights who entered the 2014 competition. In all there were11 Full-Length and 17 One-Act script entries submitted with a very diverse range of topics and themes.

The jurors selected a total of 4 finalists as follows: 2 Full-Length, and 2 One-Acts (see below). The winners of the 2014 Theatre BC Playwriting Competition will be announced inJune 2015, and acknowledged at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre Theatre during Theatre BC’s Annual Provincial Theatre Festival “DESTINATION MAINSTAGE” Awards Ceremony on July 11, 2015, Kamloops, BC, starting at 8:00pm. Visit www.tbcmainstage.ca for more information.


2014 Competition Winners
Coming June 2015!


FINALIST SCRIPTS AND AUTHORS

FULL-LENGTH CATEGORY (In no particular order):
 A.K.A. FANGIRL – Jeremy Beauline – Penticton, BC
 STATE OF CONFUSION – by Michael Poirier – Vernon, BC

ONE-ACT CATEGORY (In no particular order):
 THE MEMORY MAKERS – by Rob Ziegler – Prince George, BC
 THE F WORDS – by Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Coquitlam, BC

FINALIST’S BIOGRAPHIES:
Click link for: Finalist’s Biographies


THE JURORS
The Jurors for 2014, Keith Digby, Gary Davey, and Michael Armstrong, were confidentially and independently contracted to review this year’s entries.

JUROR’S BIOGRAPHIES:
Click link for: Juror’s Biographies

More info and playwrights bios at:  http://theatrebc.org/playwriting-competition/pwc-2014/

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