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Fat Pig: A Play by Neil LaBute

Fat Pig: A Play

by Neil LaBute

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  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
This is a very brief, very simply written play about thoughtless idiots. It's not funny, or even provocatively uncomfortable. Being as the purpose in writing it remains elusive, it's difficult to even give it a proper critique. Some things, however, seem fairly clear. In order for the premise of the play to resonate, one must take it as a given that overweight people are inherently disgusting and that overcoming this default assessment requires an heroic and volitional moral choice: all the dramatic tension is dependent upon this assumption. In lieu of accepting that, this play could perhaps work if the viewer at least takes it for granted that people who believe instinctively that overweight people are disgusting are worth taking seriously and having as close friends. That's about as deep as any thinking about this play can really go. ( )
  Narboink | Feb 8, 2011 |
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Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

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