THE STORY: What happens if you just stop showering? THE MISTAKES MADELINE MADE is a twisted and hilarious coming-of-age story about a girl who develops Ablutophobia, the fear of bathing. Struggling with a soul-crushing job as a personal assistant, she wages a furious, funny war against all things complacent, pampered and clean. As her smell starts to overwhelm her co-workers and many casual lovers—a series of bad poets—the play raises the questions: Is dirty living a political act? And is clean living even possible in these times of unrest? An unlikely story of love and dirty people.
"Crisply assured style and brainy content…which charts the breakdown of a newly minted college grad on her first brain-numbing job—suggests a bright future for this scribe…Meriwether's gift as a playwright is her ability to take what is familiar and real and view it through the distorted lens of absurdism. MISTAKES takes a good hard look at how the world appears to a generation of smart young kids. From a safe distance, the picture is savagely funny. But when you get close enough, it looks like hell." —Variety. "The wounded characters reveal themselves to each other and to us via startling emotional juxtapositions; quietly disquieting confessions of pathos and loss are scattered among their oddball interactions. Every element of this production coheres into a successful whole." —OffOffOnline.