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The Fat Lady Sings

From 16 member  reviews
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. More…

The family lives out its excruciating and abusive confusion of real and virtual on an ancient, dream-like, falling-apart ship of false notions. Filled with rage, despair, and denial, exploited by politicians, preachers, and commercial corporations, the family careens toward catastrophe but also cathartic change.

Member Reviews (16)


Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also The names are changed, but it's all there: reality TV, beauty pageants... Read more Read less

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.

Also If I had to pick 1 play that most completely encapsulated the vitality... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also The lead actor rushes and flubs his lines, the tech crew is set up at ... Read more Read less

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.

Also The great Lauren Flannigan is totally wasted considering her talents. ... Read more Read less

Horrible, Waste of time, Dreadful, Insipid, Confusing

See it if A experience dreadfulness!

Don't see it if Experience dreadfulness!

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.

Also I hated this production from the moment it began. I would have exited ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You're interested in an experimental play with trumpian overtones. While not always clear, it was quite engrossing.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate experimental theatre and need a clear plot. This is unusual but powerful.

Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like experimental theatre & non-linear plots

Don't see it if you're looking for a happy musical

Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if You want to see what Jean-Claude van Itallie is up to these days and you'd like to hear a bona fide opera singer in a PC anti-Trump piece.

Don't see it if You remember creativity of Van Itallie in his prime. I do and was hoping to see a glimmer of his genius; unfortunately this effort failed.

Also Kudos to all the talent who were involved in this ambitious production... Read more Read less

Creepy, Confusing, Raunchy, Funny, Good acting

See it if You enjoy nonlinear plays with at times creepy scenes and where nothing is off limits. Ending isn’t bad but a little confusing.

Don't see it if You enjoy great theater, linear plots or prefer musicals.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You do not mind a high school production of a confusingly written play.

Don't see it if You expect a professional production.

Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious, Stylized

See it if you like styled and loud performances with much repetition and little sense of plot

Don't see it if inanity alone doesn't amuse or interest you;

Unpleasant, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating

See it if you are a friend of one of the actors.

Don't see it if You don't like rants against our ranter in chief, declaimed without subtlety, humanity, humor (except for the "flaming gay" shtick).

Also Where is Colbert when you need him?

Quirky, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy avant- garde, non linear, quirky of of of Broadway original theatre with terrific actors.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy off beat, metaphorical, political theatre with cursing.

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 la...
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