Opens Oct 31

Stuffed

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Relevant
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15 reviews
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111 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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A lifelong yo-yo dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent size zero who can’t gain weight walk into a play...and what happens next could only be dished up by comedy star Lisa Lampanelli in her first foray into theater. 'Stuffed' features the comedian's irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of razor-sharp insight into the complicated world of our relationships with food. This show doesn't shy away from tough questions like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what's better: muffin top or camel toe? And, if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can't conquer her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?

 
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69
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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70
Avg Score

79
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Fair first playwriting, Needs rework to decide track

See it if U love Lisa Lampanelli & want to see her & 3 other ladies in a first time play written by Lisa about women's relationship with food.

Don't see it if U expect usual Stand Up Comedy routine or Lisa in a solo performance. U are tired of food & weight issues & not ready for 90 minutes of it.

Also Lisa did a fair job as a 1st time playwright with the subject of food,... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you are a fan of the actors, enjoy peculiar humor and want to explore weight and food issues for women.

Don't see it if you are offended by serious issues dealt with in a humorous manner or do not particularly enjoy comedies.

75
During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You've ever had a love-hate relationship w food, to see 4 women w various food/body issues & you can relate. If you are an LL fan. To laugh.

Don't see it if You expect drama or a musical, elaborate scenes or a modicum of good behavior. It's raunchy at times & raw. If you can't relate -stay home.

65
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you like raunchy comedy dealing with food issues. The show is a series of skits rather that a full plotted story.

Don't see it if you don't have food issues or don't know anyone with food issues. If you don't like comedy with some serious moments.

65
During previews
Funny, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a relatable show that deals with the food issues we all face (particularly women) with humor and surprising heart.

Don't see it if you don't like LL's brash style, or need a plot. This show is like standup and spoken word had a baby. It's an enjoyable, heartfelt romp.

Also I saw Blonsky's understudy, Lauren Ann Brickman. She was terrific! App... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Superficial, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're a woman with a co-dependent relationship to food; are a fan of stand-up and/or Lisa Lampinelli; would like to escape for 90 mins.

Don't see it if you want an evening that is more than skin deep; the subject of food and dieting doesn't interest you.

Also It doesn't claim to be anything other than it is. I specifically went ... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining, Fluffy, Dark at the end

See it if You want to watch 4 different women talk about their love/hate relationship with food. You like crass stand-up. Very Love Loss & What I Wore

Don't see it if Issues with food can be triggering to you, not a fan of loud, crass, foul-language. Dark monologues at end should have been interspersed.

Also This show had a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments with all characters. I... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Lisa lampanelli has created a 1/2-stand-up 1/2-ensemble vehicle that still needs some re-structuring, The cast of 4 (incl. ll) is a game bunch & the subject of food is near & dear to their hearts (& stomachs)

See it if If anything, STUFFED! is the most accurately titled show on Off-Bdwy, & easier to put on a marquee than Everything U wanted 2 know bout food

Don't see it if If U don't like hearing women rant about what they can & can't eat. Skip if 4-women trapped on a micro-stage is scary 4 u. Vagina-monos-NOT?

60
During previews
Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're someone who struggles with weight (too fat to too skinny), and want to hear women bitch about it in an amusing way.

Don't see it if you don't like foul language, food, women with food issues.

58
During previews
Funny, Raunchy, Indulgent, Cliched, Dated

See it if You enjoy ultra-raunchy female stand-up-comedy in a very in your face presentation. Female issues of weight and self esteem are of interest.

Don't see it if You are offended by constant use of very raw language. You are tired of the whole female battling weight issue. You dislike stand-up comedy.

68
During previews
Relevant, Indulgent

See it if an easy evening of some amusing situations and laughs about dieting and being over weight,

Don't see it if your disturbed by people dealing with weight problems and health issues.

82
During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like Lisa L. humor and want to see a fun show about eating issues that resembles stand-up comedy.

Don't see it if the topic is not of interest or if you don't like Lisa L.

69
During previews
Funny, Quirky

See it if you like Lampanelli's style and have ever had a love affair with food.

Don't see it if you don't like crass humor or don't want to see 4 women bitching about food & their bodies for 90 minutes.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Not funny, Repetitive, Uninsightful

See it if you want to waste time & money. This show has ADD; it flits from one conceit to another w/no wisdom and little humor. I was bored & angry.

Don't see it if you have respect for women. The food obsession wears thin. Only likable part is LL's solo about her BF. I would've happily skipped this show

Also I thought, since Stuffed was moved into a bigger theater, that it must... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if Similar to a comedy show however focus is on food and weight issues. Raw and funny. Good cast of 4 women.

Don't see it if Do not see if you only enjoy musicals. The material presented is adult oriented.

74
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Cute, Amusing

See it if You want to see show that explores body image, self esteem and personal relationships. All can relate to some aspect of this "weighty issue"

Don't see it if You are fed up with talk of diets, food and weight.

70
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if If you like raunchy comedy. This is a hilarious exploration of the relationship we have with food. It also features some serious moments too

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Lisa Lampanelli's comedy or of campy / raunchy comedy.

68
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Lisa Lampenelli but don't expect her hilarious standup. All about food and how it rules ones life.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything more than banal humor.

20
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow

See it if you want to see lampanelli do shtick & you just love stories about the struggles women face with food, body image, & sad life events.

Don't see it if you value your time.

Also the show just went on & on & on with stupid, played stories about diet... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if Lampanelly (author/actor) delivers more than a comedy about a topic that has long challenged women and men in balancing weight against

Don't see it if you do not have a sense of humor

Also the societal prejudices against those who aren't THIN. In my opinion t... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are a fan of Lisa Lampanelli, or enjoy all female casts.

Don't see it if You don't care about "women's issues", or you have no sense of humor.

Also I enjoy Lisa's stand-up shows more than I enjoyed this, but I still li... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You want a look at different sides of weight struggle.

Don't see it if You want exquisite blocking or set changes.

50
During previews
Cliched, Angry

See it if you are a Lisa Lampanelli fan.

Don't see it if you don't like Lisa's humor. A rant on weight loss and food addiction. Comes off very angry. Humor at the expense of others.

60
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you LOVE Lisa's comedy and are interested in seeing so cool jokes and anectodotes about the relationship between women and food

Don't see it if you are looking for high caliber comedy or performance. This felt more amateur/collegiate. Cute but not overly great

Also Lisa is clearly used to solo acts and often steps on the jokes of othe... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You have every had an issue with weight or food. You are a fan of Lisa Lampanelli.

Don't see it if You like one cohesive story to follow.