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LaBute New Theatre Festival 2017

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Members say: 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.  More…

In Adam Seidel's 'American Outlaws,' directed by John Pierson, a love triangle develops between a hit man, a self-destructive accountant. and his unhappy wife.

In Cary Pepper's 'Mark My Worms,' directed by Michael Hogan, fledgling actor Mason has been cast in a newly discovered, never-before-seen play by the world-class absurdist LaSalle Montclare. Problem is, the estate insists on it being performed exactly as written, and Montclare was a terrible typist.

Gabe McKinley's 'Homebody,' directed by John Pierson, is a macabre tale about a young, poverty-stricken writer who is forced to move back in with his mother.

In the world premiere of Neil LaBute's 'What Happens in Vegas,' directed by Kel Haney, a man and a woman break down the cost of an evening of passion in Sin City.

Member Reviews (18)


Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing
Avg Score

Raunchy, Clever, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Four satires with fresh ideas. I'd give them 80-85-50-75. The humor ranged from racy to dark to silly. Overall, an enjoyable time.

Don't see it if You would mind sitting through one piece that is weaker than the others. You are looking for more overall depth.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want some nice, quick and fun shows. The Labute show was my least favorite of the four and that was still good. 3rd was the best

Don't see it if followed by the 2nd, then the 4th. I love these small spaces at 59.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also Excellent actors handle very demanding issues of race, guilt, history,... Read more Read less

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...

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

Uneven, Dark, Entertaining

See it if The book-ends of this 4-play series were fun, silly, light and breezy, but ...

Don't see it if the middle plays were just too dark, too long, meandering and unsatisfying.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like one acts that become clearer after time.

Don't see it if Fast-paced shows confuse you.

Quirky, Slow, Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy short plays, Neil LaBute work, enjoy great acting ensemble (St. Louis Actors' Studio)

Don't see it if you get bored with sometimes drawn out plays and can't get past it. Though each play was about 30min long - some seemed longer

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.

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.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy one act festivals. I have to say I really enjoyed aspects of all the shows.

Don't see it if If you don't like small theater spaces. The seats were really cramped together I thought.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like watching actors that can show great range by playing multiple very different roles. Solid plays from writers I've never heard of.

Don't see it if You want to invest in theater written by writers you've never heard of- minus labute of course.

Also Really liked the first two. Third was very relatable but long. Last wa... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you are a lover of one act plays, not all created equal. You enjoy clever dialogue and quirky plots; you enjoy a good laugh.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one act plays; you obsess if one show is not as good as the others; you demand heavy dramas and hilarious comedies.

Also Each play has its own merits. There is something for everyone in this ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like to see new plays from emerging talents.

Don't see it if You don't like small theater spaces where you are right on the action.

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see some plays that take risks.

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of short plays paired together. Liked three of them. Didn't care for one at all.

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 brin...
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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...
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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...
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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 Liv...
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