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In a Dark Dark House

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Members say: Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
76
Avg Score

87
Thought-provoking, Provocative, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

Also Uneven casting mars an otherwise outstanding production. Nevertheless,... Read more Read less

69
Intense, Thought-provoking, Repetitious, Disappointing, Slow

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.

84
Provocative, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

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"

Also "I spent most of my life hiding in plain sight/You always see through ... Read more Read less

65
Great writing

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.

65
Uneven acting, Second scene not needed, Too long

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

Also When I think about the topic of this play it makes me think I should l... Read more Read less

65
We saw the second night still raw

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.

Also and this actor did not have the ability to demonstrate the necessary d... Read more Read less

82
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Complex

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.

86
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like an emotional play about child abuses affect on ones life.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a dramatic play that is moving.

80
Very talky, Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

75
Great writing

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.

55
Disappointing, Great writing, Slow, Excruciating, Banal

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.

94
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

80
Intense, Great acting, Great staging

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

93
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Direction and performances keep you engaged all evening even if the su... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also This was a fantastic production right down to the set, which was an ab... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Manipulative, Talky, Thought-provoking, Good acting, Interesting

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.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a play about a sibling relationship and if you're a fan of Neil LaBute.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained with a light hearted show.

Also I was disappointed in this overlong play, but I love Neil LaBute's tak... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Riveting, Brilliant labute at his best, do not miss, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

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

During previews
69
Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are into the ramifications of how childhood incidents can affect you for life.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a play that points back to sexual abuse.

During previews
77
Slow, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like intense dramas about subjects that are not addressed enough.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the subject of child abuse.

Also The play is somewhat uneven. There are portions that are riveting and ... Read more Read less


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