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F Word, The
F Word, The
F stands for fat, not for an expletive. In the version of The F Word, the Page-to-Stage audience saw last night, author Melissa Blackall served up a series of satiric vignettes that resonated with familiarity. Seven actors, assuming the roles of Belly, Toothpick, Stout, Voluptuous, Lean, Huge and Blimp, announced their births as infants by calling out their weights from the back of the North atrium Foyer. From that point on, one of the themes developed implied that there's a vast difference between cuddly, cute babies and adults who go through agony to stay lean and voguish. at the end of that segment, I'd rather be dead than fat, rang like a stinging truth. Perhaps one of several memorable moments occurred when an actress, as one of the characters, told us how she lost 150 of her 352 pounds. Her post-op psychological battle was far worse than going under the knife for a liposuction. If I wasn't the fat girl anymore, then who was I? The F Word, in process for 18 months so far, will be featured in the Inkwell's Inkubator Festival 2009, in its final form as a fully-produced production from October 13-18. The play covers an immense amount of territory as it currently stands and may have to go under the knife itself before reaching final form.
- Rosalind Lacy, dctheatrescene
Page to Stage festival, Washington, DC 2009
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