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Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday To-Do: 'Fat Pig'

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‘FAT PIG'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.

Arkansas culture hounds will remember this Neil LaBute play for launching the career of Little Rock native and Hendrix alum Ashlie Atkinson, who played the main character in the play's original run. A funny, scathing dramatization of the way in which our culture discriminates against the obese, “Fat Pig” centers on a good-looking guy, Tom, who falls for a plus-size woman, Helen. Scenes of the couple's blossoming relationship contrast with scenes of Tom amidst his co-workers: Carter, a cynic in the standard LaBute sadist mold, and Jeannie, Tom's ex, who's not afraid to unleash scorned-woman wrath on Helen's physique. The play, like most of Labute's, is darkly humorous, but might, in spots, make you feel bad about laughing. Duane Jackson directs. “Fat Pig” runs Fridays and Saturdays through April 12.

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