LaBute New Theatre Festival 2017
LaBute New Theatre Festival 2017

LaBute New Theatre Festival 2017 NYC Reviews and Tickets

(18 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

About the Show

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents this annual evening of one-acts by Neil LaBute and other contemporary playwrights. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (18)

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98 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re a fan of labute, or want to see three distinctly thematically different gems.

Don't see it if Can’t see a reason not to see it.

215 Reviews | 34 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Three of the 4 plays very good

See it if you like well-written short plays

Don't see it if you don't like one-acts

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you enjoy well written short plays.Naturally I enjoyed some more than others, but all were worth seeing.For the most part,acting was great

Don't see it if you don't like new plays.These aren't light and fluffy.They have something to say, and say it well.Several of them will stay with you.

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You’re a Neil LaBute fan. You appreciate LaBute’s style of shocking the audience onn

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and breezy, there are a few monologue plays on provocative topics.

318 Reviews | 61 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like Neil LaBute and other playwrights like him. 3 of the 4 pieces were good, including Labute's debut. I like 1-act plays. Profanity

Don't see it if Dislike Neil LaBute, 1-acts, very small theatre, profanity, simulated sex and violence...

475 Reviews | 59 Followers
Relevant, Intelligent, Perceptive, Thought-provoking, Uneven

See it if you like one act plays, good dialog, fine acting, interesting & perceptive "take" on present day issues such as racism and human psychology.

Don't see it if dislike one act plays that deal with serious issues including nuanced studies of racism and human frailties.

99 Reviews | 21 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Cliched, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if If you like thought provoking controversial, well written, and well performed one acts which begin to explore various of the human condition

Don't see it if you like deeper exploration of a topic with multi character interaction. At about 25 mins each, there were 3 appetizers but no entree.

272 Reviews | 57 Followers
Provocative, disturbing, astute writing

See it if You want to be challenged emotionally and intellectually by a writer who is happy to make you uncomfortable and demands you think & feel.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to be shaken up, especially by frighteningly clever insights into horrible politics. Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

January 21st, 2017

"Theatre enthusiasts will be thrilled by the LaBute New Theater Festival. There are four distinctive one-act plays being performed...Each of the plays strikes a different mood, making the entire program fascinating...Bravo to the outstanding group of playwrights, directors and the actors who bring LaBute New Theater Festival to the stage."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 23rd, 2017

"The winners of this new-play festival, named for the noted playwright Neil LaBute, seem to have been chosen mostly for their LaButian characteristics, including a sour, misanthropic view of male-female relations and a taste for outrageous plot twists...There's really little of interest here as a showcase for playwrights; the 'LaBute Theater Festival' turns out to be more useful as a calling card for its talented cast."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 19th, 2017

"The first, and the cleverest, is the new LaBute work, titled 'What Happens In Vegas.' It features an excellent Clea Alsip...Almost as enjoyable is Cary Pepper's 'Mark My Worms'...Does not overextend its premise and has the sense to end while we're still caught up in the grand silliness of it all...Neither of the other two plays quite reaches the degree of sharpness in their writing or their timing...It's also a good opportunity to observe three different directing styles."
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January 23rd, 2017

"A delightful gem and an enjoyable trifle follow two negligible works...'Homebody': In 35 minutes, Mr. McKinley delivers a very well-written, plotted and satisfying one-act play...'What Happens in Vegas': A puerile, smutty linguistic exercise that’s out of 'Oh! Calcutta!' or a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch from the 1970’s...'American Outlaws': Director Pierson’s capable staging and the pallid performances of Brown and White’s hyper acting magnify the weakness of the material."
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January 19th, 2017

"'What Happens in Vegas' is cleverly written and well realized by Kel Haney. Alsip and Hogan excel with impeccable timing and subtly expressive body language...The characters of Adam Seidel's 'American Outlaws' don't feel as fully-realized...The four one-acts form a collection that is entertaining on balance but uneven...Doesn't offer much in the way of diversity of voices. All four of the one-acts are written by white men, and the majority center on male characters."
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Theatre is Easy
January 19th, 2017

"Told with affection by a small ensemble playing multiple roles...While the premise for each sounds intriguing, the execution lacks a certain amount of substance. The characters and the circumstances are interesting, but that’s about the extent of the depth of these pieces...I didn’t find the events particularly compelling—when I could identify the event at all...Unless you’re a big fan of Neil LaBute and his style of storytelling, the festival might leave you feeling unsatisfied."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 18th, 2017

"A rollicking evening of marvelous mayhem with surprising sardonic twists you won’t see coming until they are upon you. The evening of four one-act plays slips by quickly because of the faultless direction, clever staging, functional set design and precise timing. All combine to create a neat package of entertainment with clever undertones…Pepper’s play is pure, comical genius...I and audience members were doubled over snorting in laughter from start to finish."
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Front Row Center
January 20th, 2017

"LaBute’s opener proves a hard act to follow. In ‘What Happens in Vegas,’ LaBute gives us a darkly funny pas de deux...There is the risk, really just a suspicion, that we are watching promising scene studies—works in development—rather than realized plays. If pressed I guess I could drum up a definitive difference. But I’m struggling with it. On the one hand ‘Vegas,’ for all its brevity, feels fully formed and completely realized, while ‘American Outlaws’ begs a good deal of indulgence."
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