Neil Labute's "In a Dark Dark House" explores sexual and emotional abuse through the story of two estranged brothers who attempt to understand the legacy of abuse, both inside and outside their family home. More…
From the show:
Drew, who has been court-confined for observation at a psychiatry facility, calls his older brother Terry, to corroborate his claim of childhood sexual abuse, releasing barely-hidden animosities between the two. 'In a Dark Dark House' tells a tale of sexual and emotional abuse and two estranged brothers who attempt to overcome it and understand the legacy of abuse, both inside and outside their family home.
See it if to see a superb revival of a raw, emotionally trying play from provocateur LaBute about childhood trauma, betrayal, revenge & estrangement.
Don't see it if you're looking for something light-hearted; you're triggered by talk of sexual, emotional & physical child abuse; you can't stand ambiguity.
See it if complicated family relationships intrigue you. Two brothers who have been betrayed as children now betray each other as adults
Don't see it if family issues are triggering for you. The repetitive writing needs considerable editing.
See it if The root of male rage erupts in older/younger sibling validation/competition for adult attention. Clever buddy & treehouse points. "MINE."
Don't see it if Devastating complicated adult realisations oddly from this playwright.Forbidden flirting.Revenge.Gay panicSlurs."Truth isn't your specialty"
See it if Great plot by Neil Labute. The lead actor (older brother) is excellent & truly carries the play.
Don't see it if The actress is miscast & has hardly any stage experience; I don't know why she was cast in this play. Show needs a better cast.
See it if You Like plays that deal with very sensitive and usually not talked about subjects
Don't see it if It will drive you crazy knowing there are many things of this play that we, the audience, do not need to see
See it if Minimal misogyny. Still with a sexual core. This is an earnest, sometimes slow effort. But the "twist" is obvious from the opening scene
Don't see it if Here is the quintessential mismatched actors reducing the fidelity of the play. I would like to see a different production of this.
See it if you want an in depth character study about the abused child as an adult. Twists and revelations.
Don't see it if you don't like small venues or are troubled by the subject matter.
See it if you want to see a well written and acted play about the serious subject of "Child Molestation" Shocking yet interesting.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about Child Molestation and how it affects you in your later life. Very serious.
See it if When LaBute is good, he is really good. Like Mamet lately, he warbles between good to meh. This little chestnut is quite good yet mean.
Don't see it if The acting runs the spectrum from bad to good but the stand-out is David Beck as the brother with such little regard for himself & others.
See it if you love Neil LaBute and have to see everything he ever wrote.
Don't see it if You can’t sit through slow acting. This was a poorly directed and performed version.
See it if you are a Neil LaBute fan or like theatre that is raw. A beautiful production with a brutal story. A piece of theatre that will stay with me
Don't see it if you are depressed.
See it if You’re into dark and taboo stories about childhood trauma and pedophilia that highlights how messed up humans are.
Don't see it if You can’t hold your seat steady during a 100min play that is text driven
See it if you admire LaBute's incisive exploration of the cruel manipulative heart of men with an excellent cast bringing it to life.
Don't see it if you want a cheery carefree evening of theater because this goes deep and dark.
See it if You like theatre that is intense, challenging, thought-provoking and will stay with you for days. And if you like superb acting.
Don't see it if The play deals with sexual, emotional and physical abuse. If these are triggers for you, it may be tough.
See it if you like plays about pedophilia, abusive family environments, good acting, interesting characters & thought provoking analysis of characters
Don't see it if you dislike serious plays with much conflict, deal with psychological disorders, toxic family environments & are "talky" at times.
See it if you are looking for intense psychological drama, very well acted and directed
Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or spectacle; this is bare-bones theater at its best
Also Labute is a national treasure and this play is one reason why