“Fat Pig”, Neil LaBute’s play which has just opened at the Aurora in Berkeley, will undoubtedly have you laughing and squirming with discomfort in equal measure.

At issue is society’s attitude to plus-size women and LaBute, predictably, pulls no punches in the script which has a young man struggling to handle his own feelings and those of his office co-workers once they discover he is dating a larger woman.

The acting from the young cast is uniformly superb and the intimacy of the Aurora’s space serves to intensify the play’s punch.

So far, reviews have been glowing. Robert Hurwitt in the Chronicle wrote: “[Director Barbara] Damashek coaxes revelatory performances from a first-rate cast as she builds the action to an understated but affecting climax.” Find details on the Aurora’s website here.

[Photo: David Allen.]

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...