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LA Theater Review

Em O'Loughlin Was a Big Fatty Boombah

As the title suggests, this is an irreverent and quite funny look at someone who for much of her life had an extreme weight problem. Aussie standup comic Em O'Loughlin spins an hourlong autobiographical yarn about her decades of using food to numb feelings of inadequacy, which led to her weighing 352 pounds. Relying on only a few props—most notably a life-size "before" photo—O'Loughlin adopts a rapid-fire delivery to gloss over the weaker jokes, and she wisely gives the lone dark twist ample time—and subtle mood lighting—to reach its full impact, which transitions smoothly to a self-proclaimed schmaltzy, yet satisfyingly optimistic, conclusion.

ArtWorks Theatre (Fringe Central), 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Closed.

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