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The Fat Guy Show

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Seattle’s Christopher Bange, perhaps best known for The Excursionists, is back with the story of Mr. Fuzzy, a Neil Diamond-loving magician who is unlucky in love and teased for being fat. This review is tainted because I was hauled up on stage to play Mr. Fuzzy’s almost-girlfriend. We played footsie and went on a roller-coaster ride.

Bange, floppy-haired and endearing, breaks up Mr. Fuzzy’s tale with old-school magic tricks involving cards and hoops and rope. They are still fascinating, done with a kind of courtly style that makes them look effortless. The show falters, though, with the Neil Diamond vocal interludes that are not funny enough and feel like filler. And, my prolonged onstage embarrassment aside, I wanted Bange to pick up the pace just a little.

— Mary Agnes Welch

From the Fringe program:

The Fat Guy's dream is to be the greatest magician in the world and his only true friend is Neil Diamond! Clown, magic and theatrical madness explode as he is faced with his most enormous obstacle. Will the fat guy lose everything? Or will Neil Diamond save his soul?

4 STARS "Part mime, part comedian and part wizard! Bange's blend of physical comedy and magic means that even a simple sleight of hand can be hilarious or mystifying." - Winnipeg Sun

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Language

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