Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Miss Information has a bad day

Miss Information has a cold. Her nose is red and flaky. It’s not an attractive look. She periodically has violent coughing fits. If she doesn’t get to take a nap soon she’s going to collapse weeping over her keyboard. Her usual stylish wardrobe has been replaced by “sick girl wear” (old jeans, shirt covered with cat hair, zebra print canvas sneakers that match nothing). Her normally well-behaved, luxurious hair has turned against her conditioner and now resembles some kind of malfunctioning haystack. It isn’t pretty.

So obviously this is the day the head of the entire library system drops by for her triennial visit. Perfect.


At 10:01 AM, Blogger la_de_da said...

Dear Miss-Information,

Sorely perturbed by sad images of librarians -- and now there's a play...

Subject: New Broadway play features overweight librarian

Okay, not the movies, but I got wind of this new play called "Fat Pig."
Mixed reviews. The female lead is 1) overweight and 2) a librarian. I
can't tell how important her being a librarian is in the piece,
although one review characterized her as "brainy" and another as "sexy."

Reviews and material:

NY Times (excerpt below):
Theater site: http://www.mcctheater.com/season/2004-2005/fatpig.html
Playbill: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/90123.html

Thoughts? Can anyone from New York add any insight?

NYT excerpt:
warmth that feels suspiciously like love has sneaked into the icy world of Neil LaBute. The bleakest and most unforgiving moralist in contemporary American film ("In the Company of Men") and theater ("The Mercy Seat"), Mr. LaBute usually specializes in portraits of people who need people only for corrupt, sometimes carnal and often cruel purposes.

But with his latest work, "Fat Pig," at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Mr. LaBute presents a couple who experience real and reciprocal passion and affection. This being a play by Mr. LaBute, the relationship is of course doomed, doomed, doomed. But not for Shakespearean reasons of crossed stars or self-sacrifice. The built-in self-destruction device for Mr. LaBute's lovers is the unavoidable problem that one of them is a man.

The confrontationally titled "Fat Pig," which opened last night in an MCC production directed by Jo Bonney and starring Jeremy Piven (of the HBO series "Entourage"), is on one level yet another LaButean demonstration that men are paragons of bad faith and cowardice. To quote a female character in the play, the species of male humans who fall under genus LaBute are "baby boys who run around in nice clothes" when "all they really wanna do is breast-feed for the rest of their days."

Yet "Fat Pig" is also the most emotionally engaging and unsettling of Mr. LaBute's plays since "Bash," his scary bill of short dramas five years ago about the un-Christian behavior of four Mormons. This is partly because Mr. LaBute lets his audience step over the boundaries of clinical observation to empathize with his protagonist - a charming, handsome
rising-executive type named Tom - and with the woman he falls for, Helen, a warm and witty librarian who is conspicuously overweight.

At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Keep doing the good work!!


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