LaBute New Theater Festival 2016
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LaBute New Theater Festival 2016

LaBute New Theater Festival 2016 NYC Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
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Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Varied

About the Show

59E59 and St. Louis Actors' Studio presents the acclaimed LaBute New Theater Festival making its New York debut featuring an evening of 6 one-act plays

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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257 Reviews | 26 Followers
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if you like 3 relatively short plays in one evening; you want to laugh out loud during the third play;

Don't see it if you're tired of plays that involve gays and plays that make fun of the current President

140 Reviews | 33 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like short plays, enjoy great acting and stories

Don't see it if you don't like short plays

77 Reviews | 7 Followers
Banal, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You are not bothered by racial issues.

Don't see it if If you are bothered by racial issues and if you can't deal with someone sort of praising Hitler.

477 Reviews | 120 Followers
Cliched, Fluffy, Ambitious, Uneven, Varied

See it if you are interested is seeing work by new playwrights and/or like the work of Neil LaBute.

Don't see it if are looking for polished, well-developed work.

59 Reviews | 21 Followers
Disappointing, Black comedy, Quirky, Unabsorbing

See it if you can't miss a Neil Labute piece - his is by far the best.

Don't see it if you want your one acts to make sense. I feel bad saying this, but the other plays needed much more work.

45 Reviews | 16 Followers
3 great one acts!!

See it if Intimate setting for 3 different one acts. The acting was superb. I especially liked the last show. Timely subjects.

Don't see it if A very small theatre is not to your taste.

Critic Reviews (13)

January 19th, 2016

"With superb direction by Milton Zoth and John Pierson, they have an intriguing variety of themes. Touching, humorous, at times shocking and even disturbing, each play has it's own original tenor. Bravo to the playwrights who are bringing new perspectives to the American stage...They are original gems of plays that should have a long life in the theater."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 19th, 2016

"Since this is the 'LaBute New Theater Festival,' it's fitting that the most striking offering is the most LaButian: G. D. Kimble's 'Two Irishmen are Digging a Ditch,' which has the audacity and twisty plotting that one has come to associate with the festival's namesake...The rest of the program, save the single contribute by LaBute himself, is pretty thin stuff...'The LaBute New Theatre Festival' isn't worth going out of your way to catch."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 22nd, 2016

"All told, the 'LaBute New Theater Festival' offers up a solid evening of one-acts by multiple playwrights and a strong company of actors. Much credit should go to co-directors Milton Zoth and John Pierson, who have done a masterful job of finding ways to connect and transition the pieces through a quick rearrangement of the sets, the selection of incidental music, and by the order in which the plays are presented."
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January 19th, 2016

"Three exceptional one act plays and three poor ones comprise this collection...The St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s project of discovering and presenting the work of emerging playwrights is a noble enterprise and the 'LaBute New Theater Festival' is a qualified success in that regard."
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Theatre is Easy
January 16th, 2016

"An exciting evening of new short plays that range from successfully thought-provoking to works in progress that are ready for the next step. An evening of new work that has Neil LaBute’s name boldly attached to the title holds exciting potential...The crown jewel of the night, Neil LaBute’s 'Kandahar,' ends the evening...'Kandahar' is deeply and fascinatingly complicated."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 23rd, 2016

"As the audience nestled into their seats, compact and too close for comfort, the music foreshadowed the blossoming of passion, love, ardent youth, human hypocrisy, adultery, death and the fight for the glory of life...The 'LaBute New Theater Festival' is at times inspiring like a spring breeze teasing the remnants of a harsh winter. It’s worth soaking your feet in the frothy tide, but don’t expect to get lost in a spirited symphony of superior theater."
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Stage Buddy
January 18th, 2016

"For any up-and-coming playwright, the 'LaBute New Theater Festival' is a big deal...The problem with 'Kandahar' is that it is exquisitely written, thus highlighting where the preceding one-act plays fall short. LaBute's chilling and masterful final segment hinders the overall effect by overshadowing the very material that the festival is showcasing, as if to say, just prior to the curtain call, 'This is how it's done.'"
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January 30th, 2016

"The production values are rather basic. Patrick Huber’s set design is simple in the extreme. The set changes between plays are a bit awkward, but are accompanied by musical selections that comment, sometimes amusingly, on the previous play...Of the five new playwrights, I thought that G.D. Kimble showed the most promise. Directors Milton Zoth and John Pierson are unobtrusively effective. The evening had its moments, but they were relatively few."
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