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  •  REVIEW: FUCK YOU OR DEAD PEE HOLES

    Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes

    What the "Fuck"?

    The school-massacre comedy "Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes" won a top award at the Fringe Festival, but it's so painfully bad we're still trying to figure out why.

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com

    Before we get started, the creators of "Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes" would like to announce that the reviewer is a dumb ass. (See comments.) That's because at the beginning of the festival, I wrote that titles like theirs always lead me to assume that the show will be bad, that it's trying to gain through outrageousness what it lacks in intelligence. I expect the worst.

      
    FUCK YOU OR DEAD PEE HOLES
    Written by: John Bowman, Adam Hardman, Tanya Ritchie.
    Directed by: John Bowman, Adam Hardman, Tanya Ritchie, Raymond Sanchez.
    Cast: Adam Hardman, John Bowman, Jeff Dickinson, Marc Landers, Tanya Ritchie, Nicole Marshall, Vanessa Meryn-Cohen, Jodie Fletcher, Raymond Sanchez, Kellie Starowski, Joel Freidrich, Rob McDonald, Rigo Irizarry, Jae Henson, Nick Nace, Diane Langan, Johanna Buccola, Brion Vytlacil, Brian Corr, McCready Baker, Ann Enzminger.
    Music by: Ann Enzminger.
     SCHEDULE
    Kraine Theater
    85 East 4th St. near 2nd Ave.
    Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2001

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    Fringe Festival 2001

    • Overview
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    Theater
    • 21 Dog Years
    • Debbie Does Dallas
    • Doing Justice
    • Einstein's Dreams
    • The Elephant Man: The Musical
    • Equal Protection
    • Fifty Minutes
    • Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes
    • Gene de Tueur
    • L'Hiver Sous la Table
    • Imperative Flight
    • Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries
    • Loader #26
    • A Piece of My Heart
    • Sic
    • Snapshot
    • Take
    • Two Girls from Vermont
    • Woosh
    • Zoo

    Dance
    • Absolutely Abreast
    • Break the Floor
    • I Dance

    Art
    • Studio

    Other Fringe Festivals
    • Fringe 2000
    Surprisingly, though, the Fringe gods blessed this most unpromising of all concepts with the festival's top award and the show was extended for a month and a half. So, expecting to be pleasantly proven wrong, old dumb-ass here went to check it out.

    Oh, my god.

    This has got to be the dumbest-ass show in the whole festival. By the end, I felt dirty just for having participated in the humiliation of the actors.

    The idea is, we're peering into a classroom with 15 students when three of their classmates come in with guns and terrorize the place. Amid an hour and a quarter of everyone jumping around and screaming, they manage to kill a fair number of the students one by one. Each student gets a little two-line monologue before being gunned down, in a token effort at establishing character. A sample: The class jock assumes a quarterback crouch and confesses, "I've always wanted to fuck my mom. She's fucking hot for a 40-year-old."

    This is not in any sense a real high-school massacre story — if it were, there would be adults, there would be cops, the killers would have a plan. Rather, it's a high-school massacre fantasy, seemingly inspired by teen exploitation movies, that tries to make the whole experience eerily fun with musical numbers and jokes. (Sample joke after a girl is killed: "Don't worry, you can still smell her pussy. Want me to pull her pants down? I'm sure it's still fresh.")

    Yet, the biggest problem with the play is not that it's tasteless but that it's only one layer deep. Why are the gunmen killing everybody? We don't know. There's one line at the end that hints at a motivation, but there is not one line of character development up to then. (One killer does mention that he's traumatized by the jelly soaking through the bread in his sandwiches, a burden that all of us have borne without snapping.) Who are the students and what are the classroom dynamics that led up to this point? We have only flimsy stereotypes — the jock, the cheerleader, the lesbian, the dumb girl, the stoner, the kid nobody likes.

    So what are we left with? An unfunny play about caricatures of high-school students killing other caricatures, and it doesn't have anything in particular to tell us about this phenomenon. It's an empty exercise in mayhem.

    The Fringe Festival had several shows about school massacres, at least one of which, "Doing Justice," made a real contribution to understanding the phenomenon through interviews with the people who lived through it. Earlier this year, a daring show called "Hyperreal America" painted a movingly impressionistic picture of this kind of high school life. "Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes" is neither of these plays. It's a show made by people who think that because they've littered the stage with dead bodies they must have made "Hamlet."

    SEPTEMBER 5, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes:

  • fuck you   from john bowman, Sep 6, 2001
  • Oh Joshua, Sweet Joshua   from Christina Howard, Sep 8, 2001
  • Pay no attention to that man behind the by-line   from Lisa Gardner, Sep 9, 2001
  • Gentle Suggestion for Lisa and Christina.   from Frank L. Gehry, Sep 14, 2001
  • Oh sit down   from Louis Friend, Oct 9, 2001
  • responding to critics   from tony buccola, Jan 7, 2003
  • Re: responding to critics   from Johanna Buccola, Mar 20, 2003
  • WHAT?   from Kellie, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Theater Buff, Mar 27, 2005
  • Re: [no subject]   from Buff Buff, Jul 5, 2005
  • Great Job Guys!   from Andy Orwig, May 16, 2005
  • Re: Great Job Guys!   from Tanya Ritchie, Jan 24, 2006
  • Re: Great Job Guys!   from Johanna, Dec 24, 2009
  • My New Play   from Tanya Ritchie, Jan 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from Dalton Senior, Mar 3, 2006
  • Pee hole?   from Atticus, Jul 27, 2006

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