St. Louis's one-act festival returns to 59E59 with a new lineup including the New York premieres of 'Hate Crime' from Neil LaBute, 'Winter Break' by James Haigney, and 'Percentage America' by Carter W. Lewis. More…
In 'Hate Crime,' a man plots the murder of his fiancée with his lover. In 'Winter Break,' a politically charged brother ignites a firestorm over his sister’s choice to convert to Islam. In 'Percentage America,' a couple on a first date, hoodwinked by each other’s dating profile, parse a story on the local evening news for “alternative facts.”
See it if Three satires with creative risk taking and something to say. 1. Gay relationships: 75. 2. Islamophobia: 80. 3. Fake news: 40.
Don't see it if All three dark comedies are intended to make you squeamish. The fake news play fell flat and made me cringe.
See it if You are a serious fan of new, edgy drama. You love short plays that pack huge amounts of content into short periods of stage time.
Don't see it if You are looking for laughs. Not one of these plays is a comedy ! You don’t enjoy plays whose themes are painful to watch.
See it if you really, really like one-act plays even when they offer no insights and wear out their welcome rapidly.
Don't see it if you don't like stale, repetitive, half-baked material with little saving grace.
See it if you are a Labute fan; some of the pieces better than others, but all well written and interesting; good dialogue and quirky plots.
Don't see it if you want comedy, PC subject matter, a uniting theme.
See it if you like short plays, well acted, that make you think.All 3 were really worth seeing.The last was my favorite.All were well written.
Don't see it if you don't like 1 act plays. I love them when they are tight and have something to say.All 3 of these did that. Go see 'em!
See it if Spencer Sickmann was wonderful. Thank goodness, because the writing was eh, and the direction was awful. 3 new works that needed guidance.
Don't see it if You don't want you under 2 hours to feel long. Don't like new works. Mind weak acting and poor direction.
See it if You're interested in seeing new works debut or you're really into one act collections.
Don't see it if You don't want to watch actors struggle through 3 poorly written and aimless new plays with no through-line or cohesion.
See it if The LaBute show the best of the three.Full of tension, manipulation and good acting. Second show, Winter Break very timely subject matter.
Don't see it if You don't like three unrelated one act plays.
See it if Short plays with thought-provoking insights. At least 1 of the 3 will leave you with something to talk about. Intimate theater setting.
Don't see it if You are a perfectionist.
See it if Three well acted and well written short plays, all of which give some food for thought. My favorite was the second, Winter Break.
Don't see it if Discussions on homosexuality, religion and politics make you uncomfortable
See it if you want to see something new, edgy, different, well written and well acted
Don't see it if Are looking for a musical. I saw this tonight and loved it, but it is totally outside the box
See it if you want a quick paced, fun yet thought-provoking night out at the theatre
Don't see it if Never mind. Just go. Live performances are always better than staying home binging on Netflix.
See it if you want to be entertained by a talented group of actors performing three cleverly written short plays in a cozy venue.
Don't see it if you are not ready for something other than big budget Broadway musicals
See it if you love great theater written by emerging playwrights, performed by one our Nation's finest small professional theater Companies.
Don't see it if there is not a reason not to see it, you should support new works.
See it if you want to feel like you are practically inside three short and captivating plays. Impressive new talent. Last two plays were great!
Don't see it if you had a long day and think you might doze off... The theatre is so small that the actors will be able to see it!
See it if You like to see what's in the dramatic pipeline. Two of these are good enough in the hard-edged Labute tradition, one quite fresh in subject
Don't see it if & sensibility. Performed in repertory by a quartet of able actors in a very small space.
See it if you like one-acts dealing with topical events in such a way that you can be ensured to make wittier, savvier comments offstage afterwards.
Don't see it if you're someone who can comfortably say, "I've never seen a Neil LaBute play I haven't liked." I was that person and am that person no more.
See it if in the mood for three very different vignettes — all well written, engaging and powerfully performed. Very timely and very good acting.
Don't see it if religion, homosexuality, swearing and political satire might offend you.