Yvette Dudley-Neuman in The F-Words.
Yvette Dudley-Neuman in The F-Words.

The F Words explores our fears, insecurities, and the choices we make in life. The show explores many ideas, but remains unfocused. It ends up feeling over the top and a little juvenile.

This one-woman show written and performed by Yvette Dudley-Neuman, follows Funny Frannie from a child to a 40-year old woman. Through scenes and songs we watch her struggles with self-image, fear of trying new things, and her journey to reach a new level of freedom.

Dudley-Neuman performs a number of animated characters, including Frannie, her friend Coral, Greek goddesses, and her strongest character, Frannie’s Nonna. While switching between her characters is a feat in itself, the form gets tired quickly and it is often difficult to connect with the story.

While the ideas behind the show are important, the way in which they are presented comes across as over the top and disingenuous. The variety of things used to tell the story, from projections to songs, feels jumbled.

Frannie feels like she is forty, fat, forgotten, and f**cked. Unfortunately, this show too may be forgotten.

The F Words continues at Performance Works on Granville Island as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.