Conceivably, Henry Meyerson's "Beware the Man Eating Chicken" aspires toward a satire on consumerism and obesity. Possibly, the dark comedy wants to probe the depths of sibling rivalry. Or perhaps it just wants to give theatergoers an epic case of flatulence.

Conceivably, Henry Meyerson's "Beware the Man Eating Chicken" aspires toward a satire on consumerism and obesity. Possibly, the dark comedy wants to probe the depths of sibling rivalry. Or perhaps it just wants to give theatergoers an epic case of flatulence.

If I were a betting man, which I am not, I'd put my money on the intestinal gas.

Not that family dysfunction and overindulgence aren't prominently featured in Evolution Theatre Company's Ohio premiere of this 2004 play. But it won't be the social commentary that you remember.

A Las Vegas contest for Fattest Man in the Universe inspires Betty (Leslie Robinson) to enter her son William (Mark Hale Jr.) so they can achieve fame and fortune.

Betty's younger sister Carol (Kathy Sturm) wavers between assisting and opposing Betty's plans, while Captain Leonard (David Johnson) from the Board of Health becomes Betty's prisoner.

Claiming to own a huge chicken farm, Albert (Joe Dellacqua) arrives to forge a deal that will keep William well-stocked with his favorite food. But then Albert's sister Dorothy (Erin Fisher) says she actually owns the farm.

As the greedy siblings, Fisher and Dellacqua give performances as nicely matched as a pair of chicken wings. Sturm displays good comedic instincts and, ironically, towers over the diminutive Robinson.

"Beware the Man Eating Chicken" may put you off poultry for a while, but it may leave you hungry for a comedy with more meat on its bones and fewer eating disorders.