Fat Pig #2020

Fat Pig By Neil LaBute Fat Pig Cow Slob Pig How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen a bright funny sexy young woman who happens
  • Title: Fat Pig
  • Author: Neil LaBute
  • ISBN: 9780571211500
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fat Pig By Neil LaBute Cow Slob Pig How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized and then some Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow although shockingly funny friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceCow Slob Pig How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized and then some Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow although shockingly funny friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks Neil LaBute s sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.
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    1. Neil LaBute

      Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.Born in Detroit, Michigan, LaBute was raised in Spokane, Washington He studied theater at Brigham Young University BYU , where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints At BYU he also met actor Aaron Eckhart, who would later play leading roles in several of his films He produced a number of plays that pushed the envelope of what was acceptable at the conservative religious university, some of which were shut down after their premieres LaBute also did graduate work at the University of Kansas, New York University, and the Royal Academy of London.In 1993 he returned to Brigham Young University to premier his play In the Company of Men, for which he received an award from the Association for Mormon Letters He taught drama and film at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the early 1990s where he adapted and filmed the play, shot over two weeks and costing 25,000, beginning his career as a film director The film won the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival, and major awards and nominations at the Deauville Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Society of Texas Film Critics Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle.LaBute has received high praise from critics for his edgy and unsettling portrayals of human relationships In the Company of Men portrays two misogynist businessmen one played by Eckhart cruelly plotting to romance and emotionally destroy a deaf woman His next film Your Friends Neighbors 1998 , with an ensemble cast including Eckhart and Ben Stiller, was a shockingly honest portrayal of the sex lives of three suburban couples In 2000 he wrote an off Broadway play entitled Bash Latter Day Plays, a set of three short plays Iphigenia in orem, A gaggle of saints, and Medea redux depicting essentially good Latter day Saints doing disturbing and violent things One of the plays was a much talked about one person performance by Calista Flockhart This play resulted in his being disfellowshipped from the LDS Church He has since formally left the LDS Church.LaBute s 2002 play The Mercy Seat was one of the first major theatrical responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks Set on September 12, it concerns a man who worked at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack with his mistress Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers collapse, he contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover Starring Liev Schreiber and Sigourney Weaver, the play was a commercial and critical success.LaBute s latest film is The Wicker Man, an American version of a British cult classic His first horror film, it starred Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn and was released on September 1, 2006 by Warner Bros Pictures to scathing critical reviews and mediocre box office.He is working with producer Gail Mutrux on the screen adaptation of The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.

    689 thoughts on “Fat Pig”

    1. Man walks into a cafeteria for lunch, and immediately fixates on a corpulent woman, alone at a table, laden with viands She asks if he would like to join her He does.What follows is Simple Honest Lovely.Flawless are they who have acknowledged their flaws.Warning This play is not for men who flex their muscles in sleeveless t shirts, women who use superfluous foundation and makeup.


    2. Neil LaBute s FAT PIG is dedicated to David Mamet Really dedicated to Mamet In fact, if a friend told me that Mamet actually wrote the play, I d believe him her FRIEND Read this I think you ll find it ESE Of course Interesting d FRIEND Yes, most people do But you, than most will appreciate ESE A work about IEND Exactly Besides, Mamet wrote ESE This FRIEND His hand s on every page You do still enjoy REESE Reading Mamet s Usually And I did like FAT PIG even though Mamet didn t write it Lately, ti [...]


    3. Average guy dates fat girl Social commentary follows.I ve heard people rave about this play for years I don t get the hype.Now, to be fair, I read Fat Pig after binge reading a bunch of plays published in the first half of the twentieth century, and it s not a fair comparison Fat Pig is flat and amateurish when stacked against some of the giants of the twentieth century stage It lectures and postures in place of a story, and while I enjoyed Mr Bute s style of vague, scattered conversation, it s [...]


    4. Saw this originally in London, directed by Neil Labute Like all other Labute plays when you see them done it rips you a new one and like all the other females in the audience I was gripping my seat in horror that this could be the common belief of man But I am in love with the writing of this play The wanting to be better, to better oneself and yet choosing against it Choosing consciously not to progress Every time you ll wipe your mouth you ll think of me Helen.


    5. I love plays about damaged personalities I think they give great insight into pieces of ourselves that we struggle with, and its easier to look at them through a microscope focused on another person The main character of the story isn t really a great person but he s got a believable flaw that inspires self examination, and I think that s a good achievement for any play.


    6. Fat Pig by Neil LaBute was fast paced, but it felt neither rushed nor incomplete The premise was interesting enough, since it tackled body issues, discrimination, reality, and the nature of human beings More importantly, it showed how an individual could not actually change, at least not immediately, especially when surrounded by people who share the same thoughts and opinions My only trouble with this was that I did not get much of the references, but other than that, it was a great read It had [...]


    7. At his best, Neil LaBute forces you to examine truths about yourself and humanity in general that you might not want to admit Like many of his plays, Fat Pig is about obsession with physical appearance Tom, the nice guy protagonist, is caught between two women the plus size Helen and pretty co worker Jeannie.Here s the thing I had a hard time understanding why Tom was falling for Helen So she has a surprising sense of humor about her obesity That wouldn t be enough for me, so I guess I am way s [...]


    8. I m not a fan of Neil LaBute I find his characterizations distasteful, and he seems unable to find a redeeming quality in any of his male protaganists This play is no different Tom is a meely mouthed, twenty something account executive who falls in love with an obese librarian, named Helen When his co workers find out, they tease him mercilessly Just when you think he has gathered up the strength to stand up for his woman, he falls prey to peer societal pressure What makes it even worse, is that [...]


    9. This play makes me feel conflicted I read it once I heard that a revival was being produced with Chrissy Metz a hero of mine but don t understand why I should love this show I want to like it I like the idea of a female protagonist who is very overweight and fine with it I like that Helen doesn t need validated I relate to her use of humor to defend herself against what people say about her But that s where my applause ends Each and every one of the characters were, at their core, unlikable Tom [...]


    10. I loved it Great, natural, realistic dialogue A hard look at some real truths in modern Western society And yeah, the ending is a bummer, but it s what gives the play the punch it needs to make a lasting impression The two main takeaways fro me are what others have written here the fact that it is a conscious choice to change or not change, to allow what other people think and say to affect what you do, or not and the old truth that we hate in others what we hate in ourselves, or in what we ours [...]


    11. I had to read this book for my Theater Appreciation class and I was not a fan at all The play really had no plot line besides Tom stumbling around being a complete jerk Everyone in this play except for Helen was so superficial I really didn t like how much Tom cared about what others thought he dumped a girl that he really liked because his buddies told him that he couldn t like a fat girl It also made me angry that at the end when Helen bares her soul to Tom saying that she has never said this [...]


    12. The ending was so emotional I almost started crying This is a tragic love story all the way through There s an important lesson to be learned in this play, which is why I think everyone should read it.


    13. Tom is a douche canoe that can go do something very unlikely with himself Jeannie and Carter can go die in a ditch Helen needs to find herself a man that will treat her better.



    14. LaBute s Fat Pig is a scathing look at how individuals are all truly terrified by those who embody what they could one day become Carter, the smart mouthed, asinine friend of our main character Tom surmises The thing fat people represent that s so scary is what we could be, how vulnerable we all are I mean, any of us We re all just one step away from being what frightens us What we despise So we despise it when we see it in anybody else 71 72 Multiple characters in the play clearly illustrate th [...]


    15. From spoilersliterature For the past 4 years Neil LaBute s Fat Pig 7 short acts, 84 pages has sat on my bookcase in a total of five apartments houses residences For some reason, or another, I have always glanced over it and never got around to actually picking it up and reading it that all changed this month.It is such a shame that I never read this play before The dialogue is fast paced and witty no matter which characters are conversing LaBute doesn t aim to make any major statements but gives [...]


    16. When you see 4 characters split evenly along gender lines in a play about adult relationships, can there be any doubt that you re watching a Neil LaBute play LaBute has a particular subject matter that he prefers above all else, and so long as he continues to do it well, I fail to see any reason for him to move on to something else The fascinating thing about watching or reading a LaBute play is that I m never really sure if I consider his characters to seem like real people or if I just think t [...]


    17. I like this play because of how well it s written and because it discusses current problems we have in our country regarding personal image People are so ignorant to the fact that people have personalities which should be the only thing to judge by, not people s weight Being overweight doesn t make people any less of a person who deserves friendship or love And people can be overweight because of many different reasons, not just because of eating too much or unhealthily, although that may be the [...]


    18. No actual completion came about at the end of this play Helen s character was the only one I had any real feelings for, the other characters were just bratty and caricatures of other stereotypical characters This is my second time reading him and I feel a little disappointed by this particular play LaBute often writes on interesting topics, but it seems like his plays end up without having any real type of closure So much could ve been done in terms of plot and character development, yet LaBute [...]


    19. Last month, my dear cousin starred in this play as Tom Since I couldn t see the show, I read it It seems that my cousin was well cast, as Tom was the only potentially likable character There was goodness in Tom, but sadly he drowned in his insecurities, preventing him from being happy with Helen, for whom the play is named As Tom states, All this love inside and it s not nearly enough to get around the shit that people heave at you This observation and others make the play very true to human nat [...]


    20. This is not a fun read, even though it is an easy read Neil LaBute quickly, simply, and beautifully asks his audience to confront their own beliefs about what is really important in love and relationships The long and short of it is that our protagonist falls in love with a fat woman, but eventually leaves her, despite his love, because he can t bear what his friends and co workers say about her About them together It s unsettling how believable these characters are, and how unhappy the story is [...]


    21. The title Fat Pig appealed to me and when I found out that it was the same playwright who wrote The Shape of Things , I knew I had to read it I knew that this play was going to be uncomfortable Although there were some sweet moments, there were a lot of cringey ones too, and it felt as if I was eavesdropping someone else s personal thoughts It felt unwelcoming and intrusive But true to LaBute s word, this play really is about human weakness, and it s almost embarrassing to read about how far one [...]


    22. One of my audition pieces is from this play and I wanted to re read it and look for new ideas about the character.I love the language in this play It sounds incredibly authentic and modern to me And I think this play tackles some of the way we perceive people with weight problems that we are uncomfortable discussing And a lot of this play is uncomfortable to read because it does showcase that side of things The conversations are definitely theatrical in nature, no one is that blunt in real life [...]


    23. I ve seen LaBute, but never read him, so I d forgotten what I was getting myself into The play is an EXTREMELY quick read, and explores the inner conflict of the protagonist quite well, but oh, I was so looking forward to a happy ending, and that certainly wasn t it It s likely a good show to watch I can see actors translating those emotions very well , but the language was so very simple as to be boring Glad I read it, but not sure I ll return to LaBute unless something is recommended by a frie [...]


    24. Interesting idea, smart dialogue, thought provoking Tom, a young and good looking man, played Off Broadway by Jeremy Piven begins dating an obese woman Complications ensue.The major problem I had with this script was that the characters seem far removed from reality I couldn t understand how these various characters would ever be friends I was baffled by how these people behaved towards each other and still maintained friendships I don t understand how someone you work with can slap you in your [...]


    25. a quick read seriously, during one commute that is a simply staged, simply acted play just a series of dialogues between a young attractive man, his two shallow co workers and his fat girlfriend the play asks all of the right questions and tackles the issues of vanity, worrying what others think of you, and self esteem no easy answers in this one i saw it performed but was distracted by certain things in the production reading it on paper was an enjoyable re imagining and made the dialogue and i [...]


    26. Both glowingly simple and complex LaBute manages to create two characters that are so real and that you can emotionally connect with despite their obvious cartoonishness They are real and you feel for them, but their situation is highlighted by the extremes of the supporting players I would be easy to dismiss them as fake with every word, but LaBute manages to reign them in to create a play that puts our societal perceptions in the spot light.


    27. I think Your Friends and Neighbors is a great play and The Shape of Things for all its aspirations is a simple exercise in bitterness and misogyny LaBute s ambitions are modest here, and his misanthropy is not so insistent Unhappy ending aside, its sort of simple and sweet.What makes LaBute s characters human is what makes them unlikeable The central romantic pairing of the play is driven in part by the same shared spinelessness that dooms it.


    28. Not my favorite LaBute play, but I love the deep questions he raises about the value we place on physical appearance The universal truths explored are amazing, and I love the fact that it doesn t end how you d expect It s great, and I m definitely thinking about a lot of things than I did before, especially with how we treat those marginalized by society for their looks And this is coming from a former fat kid of 200 lbs.


    29. A good read, this book is Reminds me to buy screenplays 2013 goal and less contemporary fiction Somewhere at the very end of the play, you can really feel Helen s heartbreak and Tom s confusion You know he loves her but at the same time, you know he hates her and everything she represents when they will finally be together Just tragic I should see a real live play of this one in Broadway sigh


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