PERSONAL AND INTIMATE STORY IN “BORN FAT”

By Bonnie Goldberg

If you are one of the millions of people who consider DIET a despicable four-letter word, if you’ve lost and found again pounds of fat like your’e holding a yo-yo, if one of your New Year’s Resolutions every year (or every Monday), is to shed that unwanted adipose tissue, then I have the perfect inspirational play for you. Until Sunday, January 31, Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury is presenting Jacques LaMarre’s world premiere play “Born Fat.”

Based on the real life story of Waterbury native Elizabeth Petruccione, it chronicles the ups and downs of her personal life, traumas and triumphs, from childhood to the present. Cursed by a mother who proclaimed to the impressionable child “You were born fat,” Elizabeth spent the majority of her life fighting a battle with weight she was pre-ordained not to win.

Come meet April Woodall as the unsinkable Liz, the woman who like Bozo the Clown, that long ago inflatable toy, can be knocked down but bounces back up again and again. We meet Elizabeth today as she runs her own motivational meeting encouraging others to learn from her trials and errors and take the first steps down the rocky road to success and good health.

The show is packed with good tips and cautionary advice. You may never look at a “blooming’ onion” appetizer again once you realize it has packed in its crunchy deep fried leaves 2000 calories and 161 grams of fat. Elizabeth takes you on her personal, physical and emotional journey as tries every diet on the Do It Yourself help shelf of your local bookstore until she magically finds the answer for herself, the one destined to work so she lives in the moment. Now she is no longer popping diet pills or following fads eating cabbage three times a day or starving on a 1000 calories. Steven Raider-Ginsburg directs this intimate tale of healing.

For tickets ($27.50), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

A trio of great New York comedians will highlight Badda Bing Comedy Night on Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m. when Johnny Rizzo, Fran Capo and Bob Luparello combine a slice of free pizza with spicy humor. For tickets ($30 subscriber and $35), call the box office.

Come to a meeting of “Losing Weight with Elizabeth” held at Seven Angels “Church” and learn how she got healthy.

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