Fat Camp the Musical Weighs in! My Review
Fat Camp is a silly, exuberant musical that comes at you like an ice cream truck and doesn't slow down.
The situations in the show could be from any campy camp comedy--the jealousies, romances, one-upmanships, self-image problems, and triumphs.
But the characters happen to be plus-size and are trying to be "losers"--some way more than others--as Camp Overton becomes a place where you can shed some inhibitions along with a pound or two, while singing and dancing up a storm.
I actually would have liked more focus on their physicality issues instead of the cartoonishly generic hijinks that go on a lot of the time, rendered with too much meandering music.
But the show is lively and often clever--one of the funniest songs is "Her Butt Is Totally Bigger Than Mine," vamped out by the hilarious Carly Jibson and super Molly Hager--and the cast consists of of big-lunged belters who can also deliver laughs.
I had no idea there were so many talented fat people out there!
When they battle the snooty skinny cheerleader invaders, a valuable lesson is learned, but the brief trip into preachiness is a little bit jarring.
Fat Camp has already established itself as a thin (ouch) but spirited smile sandwich.
Jibson and Hager. Photo: Chad Batka, c/o theatermania.com