My favorite shows are well-written, exceptionally performed, deliver a message, and evoke emotion. I’m Too Fat for This Show is one of my favorite shows.
Writer-actor-producer Kate Huffman of Los Angeles, CA returned to her hometown Indy with this award-winning show. She takes us on a journey through her life living with OCD, eating disorders, and self-esteem issues. But before you start to think “Oh, so this show is a downer” It’s not. Kate uses multiple characters and multi-media all at a frantic pace to deliver a story that is heartfelt, honest, and funny.
Meet Blind Melon
The show opens when we meet 10-year-old Kate, nicknamed Blind Melon. She’s overweight (or is she?), wears coke bottle lens glasses, and is an exceptional tap dancer. The floodgate opened, and a torrent of characters come at us. A neurosurgeon who pops in and out, 13-year-old Kate, college Kate, a talent agent, her ex-boyfriend, and her number counting (calories and exercise) obsessed alter ego.
It’s difficult, in a one-person show to differentiate multiple characters. Believe me; I’ve been to enough solo shows that didn’t hit the mark. Too Fat hits the mark. The characters come to life. They are not Kate playing at being another character. They are that character. How is this accomplished? Through a great script and consummate acting.
The First Act
While waiting in the lobby before the show, I overheard a woman seeking access to the actress, to Kate. The woman was told the actress was backstage and unavailable. A moment later, Kate stuck her head out, and stage whispered, “It’s okay, she’s my mom. Come on back mom.” Throughout the show, as Kate shared her challenges growing up, I couldn’t help but commiserate with mom. Raising such a challenged child must have been … well, a challenge. However, by the end of the show, I don’t know how mom could’ve felt anything but pride. I can’t wait to see more from this gifted actor, writer, human.
The show is an insightful look into what it’s like to live with OCD and eating disorders. Wait, aren’t they the same? I have my own challenges, don’t we all? However, Kate’s challenges aren’t mine. But I attended the show with my best friend, my wife, who has faced similar challenges. As we watched the show, my wife would mutter yes, a-huh, and shake her head. The message was sent and received.
I give this show a 5-star recommendation. Add it to your list of don’t miss Indy Fringe 2019 shows.
Saturday November 16th, 7:30 PM
If you’d like to learn more about Kate check out her website, Kate Huffman Actor, Writer, Human.