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Review: Fatboy/A Red Orchid Theatre | Newcity Stage
It's one thing to be pissed, but the grotesque vaudeville that is John Clancy's finger-wagging, America-bashing comedy (in a production at A Red Orchid Theatre) is the intellectual equivalent of slinging animal dung across the stage. Everyone's entitled to a tantrum now and then—even playwrights; or perhaps especially playwrights—and I certainly dig Clancy's remarkably profane verbosity; the script reads like a longshoreman's guide to insults. And it's not that I disagree with the play's larger point. But man, does Clancy take his time getting there—and when he finally does, he hammers that sucker like a man paid by the swing. Guy Van Swearingen's more-is-more direction doesn't seem to be doing the play any favors, but it is certainly audacious. Fatboy, in the world of Clancy's agitprop, is a stand-in for America—a bloated, murdering pig who takes what he wants and wants what he takes. He is "South Park"'s Cartman all grown up; a bloated, misanthropic, foul-mouthed Dickinson