Despite the warning implied by the strange title, Molotov Theatre Group’s presentation of Fat Men In Skirts it is far, far more disturbing than you could ever imagine. I say disturbing, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a wonderful piece of theater art that inspires laughter, tears and three hot showers after viewing. Absurdly inviting cannibalism into the world of a marooned high society Mother and child, the play touches on adultery, a wicked Electra complex and the finer points of insanity.
Matthew Marcus’ portrayal of a innocent Momma’s boy (Bishop) was hilarious, but once he morphed into a terrifying deviant his performance really exploded. The magic Marcus play with our emotions is more then a reason to attend. Seeing K. Clare Johnson as Bishop’s Mother (Phyllis) was a kick to the teeth, but throughout every crazy and b****y moment, you couldn’t help but sympathize. Katie Culligan effortlessly transitions between characters (Pam/Popo) and wraps the audience around her finger with charm and humor. Dave Gamble also masters two roles (Howard/Nestor) with his lovable self effacing humor and absolute command of his voice.
Running time: 95 minutes with no intermission.
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