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Stuffed

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Disappointing
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Critics
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15 reviews
Members
72
54 reviews
 

After a successful 2016 run with WP Theater, Lisa Lampanelli's play about four women and their radically different relationships with food and body image transfers Off-Broadway.

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'Stuffed' brings together four women’s disparate stories to paint a witty and poignant portrait of an insane world that forces women to address hard-hitting issues like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower an emotionally fulfilling activity? When it comes to blue jeans, should one opt for camel toe or muffin top? And the ultimate query: Can food and body-image issues ever truly be conquered or are we all just destined to be 'Stuffed?' Written by and starring comedy's "Queen of Mean," Lisa Lampanelli.

 

Cast & Creatives (5)


Reviews (69)

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69
Avg Score

60
The New York Times

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

80
Theatermania

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

60
The Hollywood Reporter

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

45
Time Out New York

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

70
Lighting & Sound America

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

70
Front Row Center

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

70
Times Square Chronicles

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

70
Theater Pizzazz

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

55
Wolf Entertainment Guide

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

70
Broadway & Me

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

90
Out Magazine

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

75
CurtainUp

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

85
Reflections in the Light

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

75
Stage Buddy

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

75
Carey Purcell

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

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72
Avg Score

80
For a previous production
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

46
For a previous production
Uneven, Forgettable, Mercifully short (but not short enough), Mildly amusing at times

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.

79
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

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

85
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if like to hear women talk about weight issues. a fan of Lisa.

Don't see it if cant deal with talk about eating disorder

100
For a previous production
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

85
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

78
For a previous production
Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Sincere

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

78
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if You are not offended by fat or skinny jokes

Don't see it if You are very impatient

45
For a previous production
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You want to see a standup routine... sitting down.

Don't see it if You like theater with a plot and a point.

61
For a previous production
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like Lisa Lampanelli and can't see her stand-up act

Don't see it if Want an actual script.

70
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Relevant

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

72
For a previous production
Funny, Entertaining, Ok

See it if you like to hear about other peoples struggle with food.

Don't see it if you are tired of hearing about other peoples struggle with food.

80
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

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

85
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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.

69
For a previous production
Funny, Resonant, Confusing, Disappointing

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

81
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

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

78
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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

76
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

Also Lisa tells her story about gaining weigh and losing weigh. She is brig... Read more Read less

48
For a previous production
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

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,

85
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Nothing stuffy about stuffed

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.

79
For a previous production
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a clever idea fleshed out with a talented cast

Don't see it if You expect Lisa to be a full-fledged actress. Give her time. She'll get there.

68
For a previous production
Funny, Relevant, Disappointing, Uneven, Odd format

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.

Also I love shows about funny women so I really wanted to like this show. I... Read more Read less

68
For a previous production
Funny, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

80
For a previous production
Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if see below

Don't see it if see below

Also My partner rated it a 90. I gave it a 70,thus the 80. The topic is int... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Raunchy, Relevant

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.

Also Before seeing this show I thought Lisa Lampanelli was mean and obnoxio... Read more Read less