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Pork Filled Players' first full-length play about the whimsies of the human heart is both touching and funny
Pork Filled Players' first full-length play about the whimsies of the human heart is both touching and funny
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Big Hunk O' Burnin' Love
Directed by Miko Premo
Starring Jose Aboag, Christian Ver, Leilani Berinobis, Daniel Arreola
Elizabeth Daruthayan, Kellen Kaiser
Northwest Actors Studio (cabaret space)
March 2-24

Having followed Pork Filled Players' journey from quirky, hilariously diverse comedy troupe to their first full-length play is sort of like being a parent and watching a child grow. True, I'm sure they feel that more than I do, but still, sitting in the audience last weekend, it was heartening to see that this talented group of actors is finally ready for more than short sketches on everything from being Asian in America to the changing political scene.

The first play by Prince Gomolvilas, a Thai playwright, is as engaging as it is funny -- something typical of PFP -- and this first attempt by the group at a longer effort is also centered and moving. I loved that there were an equal number of laughs with an equal number of awkward and touching moments between the actors onstage. Clearly, the group is finding its footing, but last weekend's opening showed great promise.

I also liked the choice of material for their debut as a more serious group, because 'Big Hunk 'O Burnin' Love' is not so far from what the group usually does that they floundered. Nope, handling the story of a young man (Daniel Arreola, 'Sex In Seattle' regular), being pushed in to marriage because of a supposed family curse seemed easy for the group. And the choice of actors to bring this 'touching 30' story to life was/is very appropriate, and this group works together well as an ensemble, with standout performances by newcomer Kellen Kaiser, and newcomer Elizabeth Daruthayan being paired with those of vets Jose Aboag, Daniel Arreola and Leilani Berinobis. In short, it's a play worth seeing, especially if you're already a fan of PFP. And if you're not, this is a good chance to see them really stretch their acting muscle. I only hope this venture is something they'll continue doing, because I liked what I saw.

For information on tickets and times, call 206-325-6500, or visit, www.ticketwindowonline.com.
 

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