LaBute New Theater Festival 2016
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LaBute New Theater Festival 2016 NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(6 Reviews)
Positive
50%
Mixed
33%
Negative
17%
Members say
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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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.

100
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

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
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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TheaterScene.net
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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B
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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W
January 18th, 2016

"'Kandahar' by Neil LaBute is a splendid one man play in which a war veteran is being questioned...Direction of this is far superior to any of the other plays. A terrific piece of work by all involved. You just have to get through five less than satisfying efforts before it."
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BlogCritics.org
January 20th, 2016

"The works tie in beautifully, moving from lighthearted, comedic fun to the darker elements of human nature...'The LaBute New Theater Festival' is well worth the evening out taking you to the highs of comedy and the depths of troublesome issues that stare at us through the looks of returning soldiers of the Iraq and Afghan wars."
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BlogCritics.org
January 18th, 2016

"The six short plays comprising the 'LaBute New Theater Festival' might have been collectively titled something like Love and Murder, two themes clearly on the playwrights’ minds. The number of weapons on stage or implied in these entirely independent scenarios says something about where our collective heads are at...This soldier at the end of his bloody road shows us what war reveals about human nature. It’s not a pretty sight, but it’s knife-sharp theater."
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A Seat on the Aisle
January 18th, 2016

"The six plays are by seven different playwrights; their settings run the gamut from Greenwich Village to Memphis, Tennessee to Northern Ireland; and plotlines range from the pleasures of sexting to the ramifications of PTSD. But for all their differences, they do share a unifying theme in their exploration of the human imagination and its location somewhere between fantasy and reality."
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TheaterScene.com
January 21st, 2016

"'The Neil LaBute New Theater Festival' at 59E59 fills this two hours in the theater with uneven production values, in some OK plays and one damn good one. Some plays are bizarre. Some are funny, some frightening. The same can be said of the performances: some OK, and one damn good one; some bizarre, some funny, some scary...The plays and performances in this festival of one-acts need more than earnestness to make them work."
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