The Fat Lady Sings
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The Fat Lady Sings
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The Fat Lady Sings NYC Reviews and Tickets

43%
(16 Reviews)
Positive
13%
Mixed
31%
Negative
56%
Members say
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

About the Show

La MaMa presents the premiere of playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie's drama about a white authoritarian evangelical family, with a father eerily like the occupant of today's White House. NYC Opera sensation Lauren Flanigan stars.

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Member Reviews (16)

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22
Insipid, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Cant think of much to say good. Flannagans voice is too big for this small space. If you like experimental theater.

Don't see it if You like good theater or a plot that makes any sense. Production tries to be edgy but fails miserably.

65
Disappointing, Confusing, Fervid, Fervent, Slow

See it if you want to see an earnest & impassioned protest play that takes aim at a Trumpian autocrat & his family (but mostly misses the mark).

Don't see it if you're not interested in experimental theatre; you are hoping for a biting, effective satire/skewering of our current First Family. Read more

60
Disappointing, Some great singing, Some good acting, Boring

See it if you'd like to experience the great soprano Lauren Flanigan performing a song at full volume in a small space.

Don't see it if you are expecting the playwright to deliver a play in the same league as his early off-off Broadway classics. Read more

49
Cliched, Banal, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You feel it necessary to attend a LaMama show.

Don't see it if You’re looking to be entertained. This is a real bore.

48
Amateurish, pointless

See it if you're compelled by a former opera star who doesn't sing except a gratingly loud version of God Bless America at the end.

Don't see it if you need polished performances or a plot that has a point. The three young actors work hard to salvage nonsensical material. Read more

30
Incomprehensible, Dizzying, Insipid, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You must see everything Van Italie has written.

Don't see it if You don’t like experimental theater. Read more

1
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Banal

See it if and only if you just had to see opera diva Lauren Flanigan stretch her theatrical muscles in a new direction.

Don't see it if theater of the absurd is not your thing. Read more

14
Horrible, Waste of time, Dreadful, Insipid, Confusing

See it if A experience dreadfulness!

Don't see it if Experience dreadfulness!

Critic Reviews (1)

TheaterScene.net
March 27th, 2019

"Jean-Claude van Itallie, one of the key figures in New York's Off-Off Broadway theater in the 1960's, takes on Trumpian politics in 'The Fat Lady Sings'. Clearly, van Itallie still feels at home at the La MaMa, where he developed some of his most influential early work, including parts of his landmark anti-war trilogy, 'America Hurrah'. The fire in this playwright's belly can still radiate heat in the East Village more than a half century after the premiere of his most famous title."
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