Cappies Review: We Put the Fun in Funeral

It's the family Christmas get-together. Perpetually drunk Uncle Ron is asleep on the floor, Grandma has no idea where she is or why, and your cousin Cammi is awkwardly hitting on her cousin. Fast forward 15 years to your father's funeral. How will your abnormal family react? FringeNext's "We Put the 'Fun' in Funeral" answered just that.

"We Put the 'Fun' in Funeral" is a darker comedy completely student-written, produced, and directed by Audrey Hehman, Jimmy Stratman, and Hannah Regan. The script itself is well-written, witty with a slight touch of cynicism. As with any darker comedy, the script risked being deemed improper, but the production was nothing of the sort.

Trey (Norb Wessels) is the main storyteller throughout the 45-minute long show. As his character drifted from hilarious party narrator to short-tempered grieving man, Wessels was truly believable and captivating while onstage. His physical comedy skills, briefly showcased onstage as he was hit by a thrown Christmas present, are also worthy of applause.

The various family members each had their own individual personality and physicality, which they never deviated from. All characters stayed away from being stock characters, which was quite refreshing to see in a student-developed production. Crowd favorites included Katie Maurer as the presumably Alzheimer's-ridden Grandma, as well as the nosy, high-pitched Aunt Kathy, portrayed by Megan Turner. 

Thanks to a cast of quirky characters, "We Put the 'Fun' in Funeral" truly did, well, put the 'fun' in funeral. The final performance of the production will be Friday, May 31st at 7:15pm.

By: Olivia Krauth


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