December 20, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Fat Pig

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
12/15/04
performer
Ashlie Atkinson, Andrew McCarthy, Jeremy Piven, Keri Russell
author
Neil LaBute
We gave it a B-

It’s ironic that in writing a play called Fat Pig about a dude who falls in love with an overweight chick, notoriously cruel playwright Neil LaBute has gone soft. But how else to explain this decent, talky little piece and the way it leaves us feeling like we missed the punchline? Jeremy Piven’s Tom is a perfect lovelorn fool; as his jerkwad friends, former Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy and Keri ”Who You Callin’ Felicity” Russell handle LaBute’s diminished nastiness with ease. But it’s Ashlie Atkinson (as the fat pig in question) who anchors this play with her humanity and, weirdly, leaves us wishing there’d been a little less of it.

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