by Kathy Flynn
The Most Massive Woman Wins is a short play that packs a powerful punch. Four women in the waiting room of a fat reduction/liposuction clinic flash back to what brought them there. All of them have reasons to be there, but are any of their reasons really their own?
As familiar childhood rhymes become chilling taunts, teaching young girls to be subservient and not desire too much, the women bond over the common threads of shame, bullying, and abuse. Surgically removing part of themselves to be somehow more palatable to society is the imperfect solution.
Savannah Rutledge, Rachel Frost and Alexandra Fiallos all turn in strong performances, but the real standout here is Yridia Ayvar, who also produced and directed this play. She has a real presence and delivers her best lines with a fevered intensity.
The Most Massive Woman Wins is a moving statement about how far women are willing to go to fit in and be accepted in a world of unattainable beauty standards. How much of yourself are you willing to give away?
The Most Massive Woman Wins
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018 at the Lounge Theatre
Written by Madeleine George
Directed by Yridia Ayvar