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for a previous production "The strange thing about 'Stuffed,' the new ensemble piece by Lisa Lampanelli, is that she’s the only one in its cast of four who is portraying a real person...Lampanelli’s trying a kinder, gentler sisterhood approach. It’s an awkward attempt, and so, unfortunately, is the show as a whole. It’s more of a play manqué: a patchwork of stand-up comedy and monologues only loosely sewn together...Still, there are some laughs here, some genuine pain and even a bit of insight." Full Review
for a previous production "Lampanelli may not be the next Shakespeare, but you can't accuse her of being unfunny: The one-liners are hysterical…One has to admire Lampanelli for writing a funny play about weight and eating disorders. Such radioactive issues are too often treated with unwavering seriousness in our confessional theater...Lampanelli gleefully flips off this fear and its resulting orthodoxy. It's an absolute delight to behold, helping us to overlook any technical shortcomings in the writing." Full Review
for a previous production "Under Jackson Gay's unobtrusive direction, the four performers make the most of their schematic characters. But even with a running time of little more than an hour, the piece becomes repetitive, its lack of dramatic structure making it feel ironically undernourished. There's certainly much here to relate to, as evidenced by the knowing laughs and loud murmurs of recognition emanating from the audience...That makes it more of a shame that 'Stuffed' doesn't have more meat on its bones." Full Review
for a previous production "Though each woman gets her own meaty, melodramatic monologue, none transcends her stereotype, save for Lampanelli...The evening fares best when the so-called 'Queen of Mean' dumps the numbing naturalism, jumps off the couch, pulls out a microphone and starts doing her shtick...Every character gets at least one such solo, but they seem to come out of nowhere...Lampanelli offers no insight you couldn't glean at a Weight Watchers meeting...The show leaves you feeling bloated and unsatisfied." Full Review
for a previous production "Lampanelli has written three lovely roles for her costars, and, of course, she is totally at home with her own brand of scorched-earth commentary. Still, there's a disconnect between her own savagely funny material and her associates' stories, written in a much sadder, more realistic mode...'Stuffed' offers audiences something to chew on, but little in the way of conclusions. Anyway, the director, Jackson Gay, works to keep all four performers in synch, tonally speaking, with some success." Full Review
for a previous production "This is Lampanelli’s premiere as a playwright, and there are some signs of first-play syndrome. The characters speak mostly to or at the audience, rather than establishing meaningful dialogue among themselves. And, beyond their weight issues and troubled histories, they are not, pardon the pun, especially well rounded...But, to her credit, Lampanelli writes what she knows and has crafted an impressive structure throughout all of the monologues." Full Review
for a previous production "Having never seen comedian Lisa Lampanelli perform, at times I felt like I was missing the insider joke in her new play 'Stuffed'...Each girl is talented but it was Zainab Jah who made us watch her and follow the journey. Jackson Gay’s direction is part of the reason this show seems disconnected. She breaks the girls into lines and brings Lampanelli out of the moments to do her shtick, but it does her a disservice. 'Stuffed' is hilarious with soul and has a built-in audience." Full Review
for a previous production "More Lean Cuisine than a three-course meal...Each woman gets their own monologue, beautifully acted, that fleshes out her backstory and adds some needed depth to their characters....Gay keeps the show moving nicely...It’s when Lampanelli throws out barbs in her now-famous 'insult comic' style that you’ll probably laugh the loudest. Indeed, as much as I admire Lampanelli’s stretch marks (as a writer and performer), there were times I wished that she was simply doing a one-person show." Full Review
for a previous production "Based on this first-time play, one can say that Lampanelli is better at stand-up than at being a playwright. She is on to a good topic with 'Stuffed,' but unlike the problem of overeating that the characters discuss, this production is low on calories...Even though the show has no intermission, is not especially long, is lightly directed by Gay and is occasionally funny, after a while a feeling of repetition sets in, and one can conclude that the subject has already been covered enough." Full Review
for a previous production "Lampanelli uses her own experiences but then fleshes out the rest of the time with color-by-the-number observations about women with other size issues...The bottom line is supposed to be that women should be allowed to love themselves no matter their shape. But that seems an odd message coming from a woman who's spent thousands of dollars to alter hers...The cast members only succeed at varying levels. Still, more than a few of the jokes Lampanelli has written hit the mark." Full Review
for a previous production "It’s a breezy, candid, insightful look at four women exchanging their feelings about food and weight, in between isolated monologues giving back stories. Lampanelli’s lines particularly zing but there’s also pathos and feeling to make this a full meal, smoothly directed by Jackson Gay. And by the way, Lampanelli has real acting chops." Full Review
for a previous production "Although 'Stuffed' is always entertaining, it is more of a talk-fest than anything else...Since Lampanelli fails to contextualize the piece sufficiently, it leaves you wondering why these women are exchanging their life experiences with each other. Another problem with 'Stuffed' is that its most intense dramatic experience happens off-stage...Her debut play is far from flawless, but it's not a bad start for this unflappable comedienne." Full Review
for a previous production "Amongst the chatter which involves them all, each character gets a moment in the spotlight where we get an idea of why they struggle with weight and self esteem...It's funny-there are a bunch of laugh-out-loud lines-without trivializing the deeper issues here. It's a brisk 80 minutes and director Jackson Gay keeps things well ordered while allowing for a playful quality which she does so well. Every woman will be able to relate to something or someone in the play." Full Review
for a previous production "Under Jackson Gay’s direction, several of the performances are nuanced and moving...The play itself feels more like stand-up comedy than a concrete narrative, expressing its themes overtly through jokes and direct conversation, with racy humor that mirrors Lampanelli’s usual comedic style...Though the characters are all common tropes seen often within the conversation about women and food, these monologues have instances of depth that help create more individualized personas." Full Review
for a previous production "There is little dramatic structure to 'Stuffed,' which is Lampanelli’s first play...No one conflict drives the evening, which runs for 80 minutes, as the four women each discuss their histories and their hopes...The subject of the play is endlessly relatable, as the women bond over their struggles...While the words 'male gaze' are never uttered onstage, the idea is omnipresent...The subject is a welcome one to be explored in a play, especially in an industry as male-driven as the theater." Full Review
See it if you have ever had a weight issue. This is a clever review of all the nutty and miserable problems that come with being a woman in America
Don't see it if you are looking for a plot. This is all theme! The women describe their weight related experiences including causes, methods and reactions
See it if This "play" is more of a cross between 4 solo shows and an hour-long SNL sketch, but just not enough jokes land to justify attending.
Don't see it if I think Lampanelli's soliloquys were the strongest here- and think this would have worked better as her own solo show. The rest was weak.
See it if You like comedies, can laugh at eating disorders without being offended
Don't see it if You don't want to laugh,are offended when comedians make fun of people with eating disorders
See it if You are a huge Lisa Lampanelli fan (like me) or understand the struggles with weight. The show is hysterical and poignant. Great show!!
Don't see it if You don't like funny shows or plays that deal with women's issues.
See it if want a funny show about a touchy subject. Lisa & team does a great job. Wasn't expecting to like it after all the reviews, but I really did!
Don't see it if don't like the occasional curse word being used. Sensitive to Weight issues.
See it if you're a Lampanelli fan; if you are interested in a forthright & funny riff on a complex topic
Don't see it if you find frankly detailed discussion of disordered eating to be triggering; if you expect conventionally structured plot/characters
See it if you're interested in the topic, you're a fan of Lisa Lampanelli's comedy
Don't see it if you prefer narrative plays-this has characters, but feels more like stand up comedy, making jokes about its themes without developing a plot
See it if You have social conscience about how society discriminates women.
Don't see it if Fell confortable on your seat and not thinking about your own persona
See it if Well if you were ever ever a weight watcher member or have been on a diet. It's a interesting look at all sides of food issues.
Don't see it if As a life time member I have heard it all . Its year of meetings in a hour . With some education on being Anorexic and naturally thin.
See it if A Lampanelli fan; she doesn't dissappoint Despite solid performances, never finds its tone veering between melodrama & stand-up.
Don't see it if Expecting a Lampanelli routine; it's an ensemble effort (commendable) Bothered by serious subject matter often handled in glib manner
See it if you relate to any kind of weight issues. Lisa Lampanelli is funny, although she may be to close to the material to let it sing.
Don't see it if you don't relate to women's issues and don't want to spend an evening with a foul mouth comic and women discussing why they eat
See it if you want a funny look at eating disorders, very fine performances, alot of laughs. I'm still laughing at some of the jokes days later
Don't see it if take life too seriously
See it if you what to laugh about eating food. Lisa Lampanelli is funny and raunchy. Leading female comic. Its her story about the struggle with food.
Don't see it if you need more of a dramatic or comic story line. Have a problem with obscenities.
See it if you like watching actor's therapy sessions. you have absolutely nothing else to do. even then think twice
Don't see it if you want a rapport between the actors. actors feeling a real connection to what their saying.. fresh material,
See it if You like shows that can take a serious subject and take an audience on a journey that is funny, meaningful, enlightening and heart warming
Don't see it if If you don't like plays that looks at a heavy topic from all sides.
See it if You are interested in discussions and hearing experiences about women's relationship with food. Ann Harada is delightful.
Don't see it if The format is odd. Plays out more like a support group discussion or a panel (Like "The View") w/ monologues interwoven.
See it if you want to laugh about food and food disorders but with some heart. All cliches are there. Alternating familiar & annoying. Still OK 65 min
Don't see it if Lacks a plot. Lisa is the weakest actress of the 4. Show might've been better with her as writer only. First scene was really contrived.
See it if You are a woman with food and body issues. This is a women's show. Be part of the conversation.
Don't see it if You are sexist or dismissive of woemn's issues. Your head spins when women talk.