Fat of the Land
By Jack Kintner
Blaine Community Theater’s entertaining production of the wry but sizzling comedy the Fat of the Land by Pat Cook opens Friday night March 31 for six performances over the next two weekends.
The story takes place at the Thelma Underwood Health Resort, a hide-away for pleasantly plump gals who may have gained a size or two but have lost none of their energy for the games women have played with themselves and each other as well as with the opposite sex since Sears met Roebuck (and told her she was putting it on around the hips).
Duncan, the spa’s dopey and love-struck new counselor is played by Ferndale’s John Gonzales. He quickly becomes the prize sought by four corpulent, lusty and sexually carnivorous customers. “Well, at least we’re not eating food!” yells one as she jerks the hapless Duncan her way in a kind of Miss Piggy vs. Kermit the Frog moment.
This all dissolves into a shambles as they each sabotage each other’s efforts with well-timed and super-catty wise cracks while covering Duncan with inches of verbal butter, a kind of double dialog where what the women say to each other in front of him may as well be in Chinese as far as he’s concerned.
The guy eventually gets the girl, played with just the right amount of bewildered sarcasm by the dramatically skilled Nicole Winkler. The rubber-faced quartet of Reubenesque lovelies is played by local favorites Kerry Walker, Gail Staker, Sarah Bressler and Mel Finnson, and the very funny Laura Nelson plays Frances, who actually has lost weight and thinks Duncan’s just a ditz in yuppie clothes.
Supporting all this wonderful nonsense are Cathy Hollender as the 40-ish exercise guru Helga with the perfect body and perfect life, Judi Joyner as the truth-telling journalist, Christopher Key as the straight talking cab driver Ajax and Rick Collier as someone’s long-lost husband.
The play is directed by Sandy Brewer with tech help from Gerrit Southland. It runs Friday night and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. for the next two weekends. Performances last about 85 minutes including one 10-minute intermission. Admission is $10, and the theater is in the west end of the Cost Cutter mall at 1733 H Street Road, Blaine. For more information go to www.blainecommunitytheater.org.