One of the cardinal rules of our current political correctness craze is that fat jokes aren’t funny, right?
Don’t tell that to New York actor/writer Ray McAnally, because his one-man show “Size Matters” is all about being fat. And it’s hilarious.
Of course, McAnally isn’t really fat. He’s just big. Or maybe “husky” is a better description. But the story of how the show’s author went from being fat – his word, not mine – to merely “husky” is tons of fun (yes, that’s sort of a fat joke. Sorry, it’s contagious).
“Size Matters” is an odd little show to find added to the Lyric Repertory Company’s summer season. It’s certainly not pure comedy, because there are too many serious thoughts buried in McAnally’s light-hearted banter. But it’s funny, so there’s no way it can be called a drama.
“Size Matters” isn’t just a stand-up routine either, because McAnally is a character actor, not a comedian. But his solo show has elements of stand-up comedy – lots of self-deprecating humor, awkward situations and even vocal impressions (God speaking with the voice of Alfred Hitchcock is priceless).
Perhaps “Size Matters” can best be described as a self-administered mental health evaluation to which an audience is invited. That sounds weird, but the idea will grow on you (that may also be a fat joke. Sue me.)
Bottom line: “Size Matters” is McAnally sharing a humorous journey of personal discovery that helped him become less obsessive about his weight. Along the way, McAnally introduces us to his family, his understanding bride, a small army of fast-food delivery boys and his overweight 10-year-old nephew.
As McAnally tells it, that journey is a more pleasant trip for the audience than it was for the author of “Size Matters, but he still has a good time. And you will, too.
Additional performances of “Size Matters” are slated at the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan through, Friday, July 26. For ticket information, visit lyricrep.org