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LaBute New Theater Festival 2016

From 6 member  reviews
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 More…

Selected from among more than 400 annual entries, this festival showcases short works by some of the most talented emerging writers from around the world, including work by Tony-nominated playwright and screenwriter Neil LaBute.

'Stand Up for Oneself': Two unlikely hearts collide at a London house party.
'Present Tense': A social media hook up.
'Two Irishmen are Digging a Ditch': A joke with a hell of a punch line.
"The Comeback Special": A sweet Elvis comedy.
'Coffee House, Greenwich Village': A blind date goes terribly wrong.
'Kandahar': A soldier returns.

Member Reviews (6)


Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Varied
Avg Score

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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...
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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,...
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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...
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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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