Nikki Blonsky will skip the two first return performances of Stuffed.
Nikki Blonsky will skip the two first return performances of Stuffed.
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Nikki Blonsky will sit out the first preview of Stuffed tonight, October 5, as well as tomorrow's October 6 performance due to illness. She will be replaced by her understudy, Lauren Ann Brickman, in the role of Marty for these performances.

Lisa Lampanelli's Stuffed plays at the Westside Theatre. Directed by Jackson Gay and featuring additional material by Ashley Austin Morris, the work premiered in a WP Theater production in fall 2016. Opening night is set for October 19.

Lampanelli stars alongside Blonsky, as well as the newly announced Marsha Stephanie Blake (Othello) and Eden Malyn (Bad Jews). The production has set design by Antje Ellerman, costume design by Jessica Ford, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, and sound design by Elisheba Ittoop.

The work is described as follows: "The four characters in Stuffed are a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent size-zero. The play features Lampanelli's famously irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of razor-sharp insight into the crazy-making world of our relationships with food. With Lisa onstage, alongside a talented cast, Stuffed doesn't shy away from tough questions like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what's better — muffin top or camel toe? And, if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can't conquer her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?"

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