Helen is funny, flirtatious, a great conversationalist and fat. Tom is everything a good looking, up and coming guy should be: the right clothes, haircut, glasses, the right job and even the right amount of facial hair. Of course he has the right body type that is in by current cultural standards.
Bravo for theater that makes you think. Fat Pig is both enjoyable on its own and leads to thought provoking conversation afterwards. Helen and Tom meet as Tom is looking for a place to sit at lunch. The entire audience feels the tension between the two as they get to know each other. Helen says, “Don’t be afraid Tom of me or what others think.”
The cast is rounded out by Tom’s coworkers, Jeanie and Carter. Jeanie is Tom’s former girl friend, with the perfect culturally approved body type. Carter is the outspoken, office critic and a guy who only sees women for their size and shape. Yet Carter is wise as he states, “very rare is the dude who stands up for all the xxxx he believes in.”
The set is well designed allowing the audience to feel a part of the paly rather than merely an observer. The set is created in squares representing the boxes of life that we put ourselves in according to Ronn Johnstone, Producing Artistic Director.
On the night I was there, Matthew Socey was there with his Theater Appreciation Class from Ivy Tech attend. I loved watching this audience as they laughed and sighed, clearly drawn into the play by the actors.
As a psychotherapist and Life Coach, my day job, the underlying message is one I deal with daily with clients, “self worth.” Do we value ourselves enough to live our lives as we want or are we more concerned with the opinions and judgments of others?
Two thumbs up. Thanks Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project and Indy Fringe for an entertaining evening and giving us something to think about. I’ll be back.