Feeder: A Love Story Is Hard to Stomach

Overweight but underwhelming at Here

How much brownie mix and pizza would you have to eat before you gained 700 pounds? If that question excites your imagination, you might have an appetite for Feeder: A Love Story, James Carter’s insipid new play for TerraNova Collective now running at Here. Jesse (Jennifer Conley Darling), an obese middle-aged woman, lies convalescing in a hospital bed after making husband Noel (Pierre-Marc Diennet) her feeder/master for the past nine months. Conveniently, since Jesse has become immobile due to her heft, the Gotham couple earn a living partly by blogging about their fatty-food sexploits and Jesse’s goal of growing to 1,000 pounds under Noel’s spooning. (Spectators can view the posts online before the show, though they don’t add much to this story.)

Bellying up to the Web.
Jill Steinberg
Bellying up to the Web.

Feeder tries hard to titillate by flaunting obesity taboos in matter-of-fact tones, but also insists, tediously, that this half-sketched relationship’s trajectory is emotionally compelling. Ultimately, however, Carter’s overreliance on video-diary monologues kills the drama by stating or explaining details we could have observed or surmised. Director Jose Zayas offers nine video screens but no reason to watch them, and the whole nutrient-free enterprise left me feeling bloated myself, like a theatrical equivalent of a deadly junk-food binge.

 
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Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs

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Margarita3737
Margarita3737

I saw this last night and have to disagree with the reviewer. It exposed some dark and compelling thoughts on the motivations of desire and attachment.

Joshua Conkel
Joshua Conkel

Wow. I could not disagree with this review more. I just came from the play and found it fascinating, upsetting and oddly moving. A nice change from boring white people talking about blah blah blah in their well appointed living rooms.

Hooray for bold theater.

UncleAlbert
UncleAlbert

The above review is correct - skip this amateur, on-the-surface bore. It's as interesting to watch someone be stuffed to 1,000 pounds as it is to watch someone being encouraged to smoke 4 packs of cigarettes a day until they need an oxygen tank and a wheelchair, and their lover masturbates while the person hacks up blood. Yea, a love story.

JCH
JCH

I also saw this show and was very moved. The integration of the video logs and live action worked quite well for me, and for the show, which clearly explores the area between fantasy and reality. And although its feet are firmly planted in the feeder/feedee lifestyle (it's not an extended Kafkaesque metaphor) it raised broader questions: what are the ways people in a relationship make each other "immobile" (through sex or money or whatever), and how scary it is when that need for perfect trust is made explicit. I think there may have been a darker play underneath this one, the lack of which perhaps the reviewer's reacting to, but I don't think it would have been a better one. They made a beautiful piece of theater down there, the subtitle "A love story" is not ironic.

Melanie Greenstahl
Melanie Greenstahl

I saw the show and found it absolutely moving above the shock value. This is a new type of theatre, and this critic is behind the times. Yes it's about brownies and pizza, but it's about what the decision between the having a fetish relationship and leading a healthy life and the hurt when it has to end. I found this revue kind of snarky,like he walked in saw the bed and the screens and walked out without seeing the show. The play was a quick 75 minutes and was not tedious at all. I found the show riveting and fascinating. Another slice of life. We live in a video blog world, and a show about blogging would involve screens. The screens were also used as a sort of back drop and for a funny heartwarming montage about the beginning of the relationship. I think Mr. Sellar should go back to his high fiber diet because he seems a little constipated.Melanie Greenstahl

 
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