Six years ago, Neil LaBute penned “Fat Pig,” a savage comedy about a fellow who takes up with an overweight woman much to the dismay of his best pal and an ex-girlfriend. The play enjoyed a successful run off-Broadway with Jeremy Piven winning plaudits for his portrayal of the kind-hearted chap while Andrew McCarthy played his less-than-understanding friend.
On Thursday, it was announced that LaBute will direct a limited Broadway run of of the show next spring. Stand-up star Dane Cook is to make his stage debut as the outspoken buddy while theater vet Josh Hamilton is to portray the would-be Romeo. The two female roles have yet to be cast.
While “Fat Pig” has been produced at various theaters around the country since 2004, it is unclear whether it has become a part of the “popular or historical repertoire,” which would dictate that it compete at the Tony Awards as a Revival. The two dozen members of the Administrative Committee will decide on its placement following the opening.
LaBute contended for the Best Play prize at the Tonys two years ago with “reasons to be pretty,” which he described as the final chapter in a trilogy about the politics of personal appearance that included “Fat Pig” and “The Shape of Things.” He lost to Yasmina Reza (“Art”) who won her second Tony for “God of Carnage.”
Image: “Fat Pig” cover (Samuel French)