Fear of Oatmeal
By Andrew Andrews
Fear of Oatmeal is set in post-Depression era South Brooklyn, but it could be anywhere, anytime, really. And Nelly could be anyone, were it not for the decidedly Native American personas of her apparitions, those who keep her cultural upbringing alive. Fear of Oatmeal is, then, a touching story of what it’s like to grow old, virtually alone, connected more with your past than your present, spiraling toward a future more disruptive than the gentrification of the neighborhood around you. Written and directed by Muriel Miguel, American Indian Artists and Spiderwoman Theater’s production provides as much a glimpse into the culture of Native Americans as it does the concurrent experiences of cognitive disorder and aging, with the smell of sage, traditional costumes (Gabrielle Amelia Marino), set (Dedalus Wainwright) and shield design (Clara Wainwright) creating a mood that’s quite distinct from most other productions around Manhattan. So check it out, then come back here and let us know what kind of impression it left upon you—because your reviews can help others decide whether they should attend, and your ratings help us help you discover future events you’ll be glad you didn’t miss!3
Andrew Andrews attended Fear of Oatmeal at Theater for the New City in New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 2:00pm to write this review.