If Damn Yankees was too feel-good for you, then maybe you’re the audience for Fat Pig, a Neil LaBute play being put on at Studio Theatre. LaBute’s work probably qualifies more as feel-uncomfortable, though often darkly funny. All his plays that I am familiar with like “The Shape of Things,” “Your Friends and Neighbors,” and “In the Company of Men” explore the ways people can be crappy to each other. Fat Pig, about how a man’s friends respond when he dates a “plus sized-and then some” woman will likely be no different.
I’m endeavoring to go into it cold so I can’t speak to how Fat Pig compares to his past work, but I’ve yet to be disappointed by LaBute. I’m also not expecting to be disappointed by Kate Debelack in the lead, but as she’s a friend I’m not impartial on the matter.
Previews start tonight and opening night is Friday. I’ll post my thoughts after I see it Saturday.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs