Question: I just got back from seeing Keri Russell's new play Fat Pig. Did you make it to Friday's show? And if so, what did you think? — Christine
Ausiello: Yes, I certainly did make it and I have to admit, I got chills when she first stepped out on stage. I mean, it's been nearly three years since I've seen her in anything and I had no idea what to expect. Well, not only did she look stunning, but she acted her freakin' ass off in a role that was about as far from Felicity as you could get. Essentially, her character — a foul-mouthed, superficial, judgmental accountant — disapproves of her ex-boyfriend's (Entourage's Jeremy Piven) decision to date a "generously proportioned" girl. She has some great scenes with Piven, including one in which she literally shoves him halfway across his office, over a swivel chair and onto the floor. The play itself, like most of Neil LaBute's work, is funny, dark and ultimately pretty grim, but if you're in the New York area and consider yourself a friend of Keri's, I urge you to buy tix via Ticket Central (212-279-4200). Oh, and I almost forgot: I managed to get past security to say hello to Keri after the show. I won't go into specifics, but suffice it to say there was lots of hugging and catching up, followed by lots of me replaying the whole thing over in my head to make sure I didn't come off as a psycho.