By Amanda N. Nesbitt
Published July 19, 2009
Filled with what seems like great potential, The Plus-Size Bankruptcy Burlesque Show is a show about following your dreams and using what you know to get what you want. However, that's where the potential stops and an extremely weak performance begins.
Plus Size follows the mundane life of Angel Ray (played by Lydia DiFranco) who yearns for more in her life than working for a bankruptcy firm. While confident in her role, DiFranco fails to bring any flash or fun to the world of burlesque.
The rest of the cast seems to lack chemistry or any sense of professionalism. Overuse of voice-overs, childish miming and overall bland action and dialogue leaves the audience dead in their seats. Adding to that, this show is full of obvious lighting snaps, sloppy transitions and costume mishaps which results in a very misguided and poorly directed show.
The play tries to show audiences that "if you can do it, I can do it too" and while that message is encouraging for women of all shapes and sizes, it lacks any comedy or heart. It is a series of cheap laughs that no one follows through on and does anything but seduce the audience.
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