You know how you can get lost in a good book or movie? That’s what happened to me while watching the performance of Fat Pig. Regardless that I was under the weather (I apologize to those near me in the audience who had to listen to my muffled coughs.), I became totally caught up in the play. I was so invested in the performance that the intermission took me by surprise.
It was Intimate
From the beginning, I felt as if I were eavesdropping on a couple’s private conversations, which was supported by the outstanding script by Neil LaBute, the proximity of the stage, and the accomplished acting. Josh Harrington as Tom, Ryan Ruckman in the role of Carter, and Chelsea Gill as Jeanie were engaging and believable in their roles, but Kait Burch was outstanding. Playing the role of Helen, a large person who becomes involved with Tom, a somewhat shy but attractive young man, she delivers a heartfelt and convincing performance. The scenes between Helen and Tom were poignant and thought provoking. The audience joined them as they navigated the rough waters of a relationship not based on the shallow expectations of society.
It was Real
Tom, Carter, and Jeanie worked together in an office, and nearly every scene set at their firm reminded me of conversations I had experienced in the workplace. It’s a realistic script performed by a troupe of actors that compliment one another; more than once I identified with the players and their workplace stories. The performance, brought to the stage by the Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project, and directed by Callie Burk is endearing as well as enlightening.
It was Surprising
I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but I will tell you this. You will be entertained and at the same time your belief system will be challenged. The conclusion of the play wasn’t what I expected, but maybe it was what I should’ve expected. You’ll have to see for yourself. Let me know when you’re going, I may join you.