By Joan Alperin Schwartz
Some critics have labeled Neil LaBute, the 'reigning misanthropic' playwright...others have called him a 'misogynist'...I say he is a man who likes to push his audience to the edge. He's a writer who forces us to look at the 'not so pretty side' of ourselves.
In the case of 'Fat Pig', he asks the question, quite simply put, can a person fall in love with someone, because of who they are on the inside, while ignoring their outer appearance...Or does our obsession with beauty, bring out the uglier side of our species?
That is certainly the struggle facing Tom (Jonathan Bray) a young career guy, who hits it off with Helen (Deidra Edwards) a bright, sexy woman, who happens to be plus-sized.
As Tom, reluctantly finds himself falling in love, Tom's ex-girlfriend/co-worker, Jeannie (Kristen Kollender) and colleague/buddy, Carter (the wonderful, Nick Stabile) are brutal in their assessment of his new girlfriend.
At first, Tom tries to keep his relationship with Helen private, meeting at out of the way restaurants or her apartment, but when his affair is made public, he is forced to face some rather unpleasant truths about himself.
'Fat Pig' is a bittersweet, provocative comedy, with stinging humor, about love in the modern age of body image.
Alexis Jacknow has done an excellent job directing this great group of actors, making this production, at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, a must see.
'Fat Pig' which includes new material by LaBute, opened on April 26th, 2014 and the remaining performances are:
Fridays at 8 p.m., May 23rd and 30th, Saturdays at 8 p.m. May 24th, 31st, Sundays at 7 p.m. May 25th and June 1st.
Ticket Prices: General admission: $30.
For Reservations: 323-960-7788 or at www.plays411.com/fatpig