Fucking Girls (Frigid Festival 2011)
By Ben Thompson; Directed by Paul Leopold
Off Off Broadway, Play
Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street
BOTTOM LINE: Confused twenty-something male attempts to bed all of his girlfriends as a way to gain sexual confidence and closure in light of a breakup; short on insight and depth, big on laughs.The plot of Fucking Girls -- an emotionally immature man revisiting his ex-girlfriends to gain insight over a recent breakup -- is a plot line commonly visited (see: High Fidelity). However, unlike the aforementioned film, Fucking Girls is, as the title suggests, more about revisiting exes for literal fucking rather than about gaining closure or emotional redemption. While this makes the work lack both emotional depth and insight towards the uncertain world of modern dating and sexuality, it still packs plenty of laughs.
In the end James learns little from revisiting his exes (other than the fact that he seems to solely date basket cases.) The women in the play are all one-sided, over the top caricatures incapable of giving James any insight or arousing any empathy from the audience. Women are shown to be little more than disposable distractions worthy of little more than sexual gratification and laughs.
Playwright Ben Thompson clearly has a knack for comedy, and his potty mouth frat boy quips bring to mind the funniest moments of Judd Apatow films. Director Paul Leopold also makes skillful use of both comic timing and staging, milking every laugh from each joke. While the play offers little in terms of insight or a fresh perspective, it is certainly entertaining.
(Fucking Girls plays at the Kraine Theatre, 85 East 4th Street, through March 6, 2011. Remaining performances are Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30PM; Saturday, March 5th at 1PM; and Sunday, March 6th at 5:30PM. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased at smarttix.com. For more festival information visit frigidnewyork.info. For more show info visit fuckinggirlsshow.com.)