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courtesy of HSU Dept. of Theatre, Film & Dance Kyle Ryan as Tom, Brandon McDaniel as Carter, Colleen Lacy as Helen in the HSU"s production of Fat Pig

Life is riddled via awkward moments and also seemingly unavoidable, uncomfortable instances. We"ve all knowledgeable instances once we can"t make eye call, or worse, can"t look amethod. Modern entertainment has actually latched onto this aspect of humale interactivity, and also has made it a maincontinue to be for eexceptionally genre in every tool. Audiences want drama and comedy to echo actual life in an entertaining method, and also entertainment does its ideal to deliver. Neil LaBute has actually discovered his cozy place in this niche. As a playwbest and a screenwriter, he thrives on exposing the worst side of world. Certainly, his characters" worst sides are often their just sides.

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Fat Pig exemplifies LaBute"s style of extreme realism. The present attributes a cast of 4 characters, each raw and also exposed. Tom is your classically average, young experienced whose sense of self-worth does not seem to extfinish past his many prompt individual interactivity. Helen (the unfortunate title character) is an overweight librarian via a lively spark that is considerably overshadowed by her constant self-deprecation. The two stumble their way via their initially interactivity, both visibly surprised by their mutual attractivity and also interest. Tom gets her number, and also the story starts. As Tom pursues his partnership via Helen, he struggles to hide it from the various other 2 personalities. Carter, a coworker and also general annoyance for Tom, intrudes at eextremely feasible moment with shallow and also crass statements, while prying at Tom"s individual life through reckless disregard for anyone"s feelings. Jeannie is one more of Tom"s co-employees, with the added twist of being his previous love interemainder. Jeannie is constantly teetering on the brink of an accusation, through manic power and narcissism as the primary functions of her arsenal. Tom"s initiative to hide his relationship from Jeannie and Carter is doomed from the oncollection, and he soon is required to decide if peer press is more important than happiness.

In significance, this is an intimate display. LaBute is reflecting us an unflinching view of lies and integrity, and also he is presenting it one intimate conversation at a time. I had hoped the small dimension of The Gist Hall would emphasize this intimacy; however, the performance fell short of intimacy, bacount reaching the plateau of empathy or relatability.

Colleen Lacy played the function of Helen via an energy and exuberance fitting the character. Kyle Ryan"s portrayal of Tom was earswarm, yet forced at moments. Save for the interactions in between Helen and also Tom, Ryan never before appeared entirely comfortable in the function. Brandon McDaniel had actually brief moments of dimension as Carter, however eventually fell short of the exuberance the character calls for. It is difficult to tell if this is outcome of McDaniel"s abilities, or of the dynamics of his interactions through Ryan"s oddly paced portrayal of Tom. McDaniel"s portrayal of Carter, though muted, was believable and also real.

This leaves just the performance of Danielle Cichon as Jeannie. Jeannie is certainly the many volatile of the four, and the character is quick to demand the attention of the audience, as well as everyone else on stage. Both of these attributes seemed totally lost on Cichon, who appeared to emphasis more on enunciation than emotion. As emotions and also tensions raised, Cichon appeared to only transform the volume of her voice. Her performance was emotionless and also flat, and this was exacerbated by Ryan and also McDaniel"s reactions to her character"s rants.

Even via a vastly different dynamic from one more collection of actors, it"s hard to say if the display might really provide the message LaBute is trying to send. This is partly due to his thinly composed characters and also allusion-filled dialogue, and additionally due to the director"s alternative of motion within the boundaries of LaBute"s words and themes. Generally, my hat goes off to Michael Thomas, but in the instance of Fat Pig, Thomas" directorial choices emphasized the flatness of the characters, and also vice versa. LaBute counts almost totally on dialogue to drive his allude. Each establishing and also scenario is bland also in its building, as though he determined places out of a hat. Sudepend LaBute was aiming for simplicity, however rather he produced stagcountry. Thomas" selections within these settings were equally lackluster; tbelow was extremely little bit movement in any scene.


LaBute"s characters are hardly deep or multi-faceted, save for Helen. Helen is the only character in the play able to evoke empathy, and also she is the sole possessor of any type of truly redeeming characteristics. When all is said and done, hers is the just character that may truly be influenced or readjusted by the events of the play. Colleen Lacy recorded this perfectly. Lacy played Helen through an open up vulnercapability, recording tiny nuances which deepened the character. The final scene of the play epitomizes these nuances, as we watch Helen react to Tom in near silence. The final scene is the shining minute for Ryan as well. It comes across as the most real moment of the whole present. Which really only leaves you wondering what can have been, in regards to the remainder of the play.

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Fat Pig will certainly proceed its run at HSU"s Gist Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22-24, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 25.