The first production of their 'Season of Womyn,' The Flea Theater's world premiere comedy examines how we see and value women -- and how we don't. More…
Joni is single. Joni is lost. Joni is moving a mile a minute. Joni must never be alone. After her five-year relationship ends, Joni must redefine her identity -- and fast. Breakups are hard. But Joni’s taken her breakup to the next level, physically feeling holes all over her body. From acupuncture to threesomes, 'Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill' asks how do we live fully in our own skin?
“Produced as part of the Flea's Season of Women, Del Rosso's freshman effort shows great promise. Under Marina McClure's insightfully freewheeling direction the members of The Flea's resident acting troupe, The Bats, takes the play and exuberantly runs with it with their usual unabashed energy and courage to expose themselves - right down to their underwear!” Full Review
"The dialogue and acting flip between completely realistic and hyper-stylized...There are lots of laughs, some at the ridiculousness of the characters and their actions, some at the many awkward and uncomfortable moments that happen to Joni...McClure has a talent for pacing and The Bats gleefully charge through Del Rosso’s fascinating material, barely pausing to take a breath. The result is a whirlwind but with an ease and familiarity that make it totally enjoyable to watch." Full Review
"We're talking theater live and on stage, with the simplest props, that pushes boundaries in ways that most producers would have to rely on heavy video editing and tons of special effects to achieve...Not only funny, but disturbingly, powerfully funny...This show is more than a single actor delivering lines from a well-tuned playwright. McClure directs all of the talented Bats with a 'Gilmore Girls' pace that forces you to follow along while making it easy and fun to keep up." Full Review
“The pacing races, the movement is crisp, and the charmingly executed mugging and double-takes are nonstop…The Bats perform Del Rosso's hour and 15-minute play as if to the manner born, with Chalfie's bold, animated, and sharply honed performance, ranging from bewilderment to self-assertion, leading the way...While the hilarity potential…is palpable, the play, despite Del Rosso's obvious sense of humor, is too self-consciously clever to reach the big-laugh, comic level required.” Full Review
"This vibrant, explosive investigation into life after a breakup could have used a bit more fleshing-out, but what it lacks in world-building is made up in rapid-fire dialogue...The Flea's resident acting company execute 'Fill's' hyper-stylized dialogue with perfection...There is still much to be desired in the understanding of Joni's real world...But if you love brilliantly staged, uproarious comedies with snappy, witty dialogue, 'Fill' has a place in the canon of witty relationship investig... Full Review
"A high-energy show, taking us through the whirlwind of events following Joni’s breakup at a manic pace. Thanks to an extremely talented cast and snappy dialogue, this is effective in illustrating Joni's post-breakup state of mind, but at times can be a bit much...While 'Fill' approaches its material with humor and intelligence, it doesn't feel complete...Despite these drawbacks, 'Fill' is a show worth seeing. It is smart, funny, and relevant." Full Review
"Sarah Chalfie imbues the central character with impressive physical energy...Talented cast...An eclectic plot encompasses everything from acupuncture prescriptions to outtakes of Annie, with an awkward threesome thrown in for good measure. This being experimental theater not everything comes off, but the best bits make it worthwhile...Amid the slapstick, 'Fill' also more seriously manages to ponder Mars/Venus misunderstandings." Full Review
"An often fun, over-the-top comedy...Much of this is clever, amusing and appropriately cringeworthy, directed by Marina McClure with unvaried exaggerated energy...If the dialogue and scenarios are heightened for comic effect, they often reflect something deeply recognizable...Slips in its originality and verve in the last few scenes...The audience might mentally exit what’s happening on stage and start speculating about the playwright." Full Review
"As a story of self-empowerment and a satire of self-care, it’s not especially wise and new. The production looks chintzy and the young cast can’t always handle the tonal variations that the writing demands. It might be worth meeting those demands. Ms. Del Rosso’s dialogue is sometimes self-conscious and sometimes undisciplined, but there’s enough breakneck banter and frisky wordplay to recall the sad-happy style of the playwrights Melissa James Gibson and Jenny Schwartz." Full Review
"Cleverly titled for this premise, the play is conceptually profound but lacks depth in its execution, substituting juvenile and superficial humor for any real substance. A series of ballistic ensemble vignettes follow, and they keep the production’s momentum swift...The play’s structure is ambitious, and the production seems to be striving for the characters to achieve more than they are able...The effect of which is that they are stretched out of any real proportion." Full Review
"A theatrical nervous breakdown/freakout/conniption fit; it pathologizes some fairly standard quarter-life anxieties, converting them into the broadest of cartoons. If there were an award for the most frantic play in town, this would be the winner...Right from the get-go, something is off...The adventures that follow are mostly unamusing...Not helped by McClure's direction, which encourages mugging...Like its title, Del Rosso's play repeats itself without adding anything new." Full Review
See it if you like The Flea's work - over the top, surprising, never a dull moment. Play about a really bad breakup and really bad advices you get
Don't see it if you are going with your parents, going on a date, don't like bad language and simulated sex on stage
See it if the daily struggles of a relationship and of being a woman are things that resonate with you
Don't see it if a heartwarming story with interesting staging does not interest you.
See it if you delight in high octane staging, highly concentrated performances, brilliant lighting design, and tales of self acceptance
Don't see it if you dislike narratives similar to romantic comedies, dislike non-linear structures, or want something with a more committed follow-through
See it if You enjoy a good romcom that starts off like a raging fire and slowly fizzles out towards the end. The opening of this show is INCREDIBLE.
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy romantic comedies or stories that follow similar narratives.
See it if the star Sarah Chalfie is excellent! She carries the show. It is a play about a breakup. Up beat music, geared to a younger audience.
Don't see it if It got off mark at one point, (the pulled muscle). If you do not like a show about how a young girl deals with a breakup.
See it if you enjoying seeing early-career artists experimenting. You're OK with being yelled at for over an hour!
Don't see it if you're not in the mood to be entertained by fast paced action and hijinx.
See it if You like good sketch stuff, you want to laugh
Don't see it if you're looking for a really resonant and deep story about the aftermath of a bad breakup - a fun show but ultimately rings a little hollow
See it if you think seeing a terrific performance by a young actor (Sarah Chalfie) is worth wasting an evening.
Don't see it if rapid-fire/loud sequences by several actors switching characters every five seconds or actors moving in slow-motion sequences will bug you.
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