LaBute New Theater Festival 2019
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LaBute New Theater Festival 2019
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LaBute New Theater Festival 2019 NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(108 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
11%
Negative
5%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

About the Show

St. Louis's one-act festival returns to New York with a new lineup featuring three premier one-acts by Neil LaBute: "Unlikely Japan," "Great Negro Works of Art," and "The Fourth Reich."

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Member Reviews (108)

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1003 Reviews | 412 Followers
90
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You would enjoy 3 short plays that shine a light of truth into some of the darkest, ugliest and scariest parts of ourselves.

Don't see it if You’re not willing to be challenged and probably first and foremost with a look in the mirror. Read more

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Not a fan of LaBute but liked these short plays. Well written and acted. Almost conversational style dialogue and very effective.

Don't see it if you want a full length drama, beautiful set and emotional drama. The dialogue and set in this play very low key.

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
69
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Three acts, three different stories, will have you thinking.

Don't see it if Some uncomfortable types Read more

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Partner upset with the Hitler one act 75 is our Ave. Great acting by all four performers. All 3 fascinating topics Typical of the writer

Don't see it if Ask yourself i f you like his previous work. Two of the one acts are solos, the other a duet. If you do not like 1st row, take Row F 4th row

517 Reviews | 106 Followers
45
Disappointing

See it if You want to see three short one act plays. Two of them are solo shows

Don't see it if You are expecting the normal brilliance that you used to get from Neil Labute Read more

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like short pieces that make you think.My favorite was Fourth Reich.Very timely.LaBute rarely lets me down.He did not disappoint!

Don't see it if you want a Mamet play or a light and fluffy musical.These 3 shows plays have a lot to say and they say it well.

476 Reviews | 131 Followers
68
Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You can’t miss any La Bute film or play. This is 3 one acts, 2 monologues and 1,2 hander. La Bute trades in making audiences uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You might not like the way La Bute pushes you directly into the line of fire in his plays. This selection of One Acts is no exception.

460 Reviews | 117 Followers
78
Three provocative one-acts -- creepy to uncomfortable

See it if LaBute is out to make you think and feel uncomfortable. First monologue portrays a smarmy Hitler apologist yelled at by audience members.

Don't see it if Women behaving badly -- in act 2, a woman on an internet date cannot hide her racism. Last act -- a woman regrets standing up her boyfriend.

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
January 17th, 2019

"'Great Negro Works of Art' is an ur-LaButian text, starting with a title that should inspire an anticipatory wince, but vague enough to make it difficult to pinpoint the issue...Mr. LaBute’s writing is as skillful as ever, but Tom and Jerri’s date spins into a predictable downward spiral...Mr. LaBute may be mellower, but that does not make him any more uplifting."
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BroadwayWorld
January 17th, 2019

"'The Fourth Reich': Under John Pierson's direction, White's portrayal is quite warm and thoughtful, even flashing a bit of stand-up comedy showmanship on occasion...The program's third entry, 'Unlikely Japan,' is directed by LaBute and is decidedly more low-key than its predecessors...What connects the three pieces is how they all deal with the subjectivity of what we regard to be the truth, stemming from individual points of view."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 18th, 2019

“Ninety minutes of pure LaBute, a format that may not be in the playwright's best interest...In each of the plays featured here, one feels two steps ahead, fully aware of where the action is headed and impatient over the time it takes to get there...The best piece, ‘Unlikely Japan’...LaBute's admittedly strong direction -- explores the multiple layers of guilt and denial at the character's core, making Katie the most compelling character of the evening...This is a flat collection."
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New York Stage Review
January 14th, 2019

"Offers neither fodder for the salacious nor the gut punch and unlikely poignance of his best work, it’s a timely affirmation that LaBute remains among our most vital and necessary observers of messy modern life. That timeliness extends to the subject matter of the new plays...'Unlikely Japan,' another one-character piece, ends the collection on a high note, reminding us that LaBute’s female characters can be as sharply drawn and as vexing as his guys."
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New York Stage Review
January 14th, 2019

"Suggests that LaBute wants to remind ultra-sensitive audiences that his plays do not represent his views, but rather illuminate the dark truths lurking within the dubious characters he fashions...Curiously enough, one can’t help but notice that much as the playwright strives to present what he sees as the truth within his characters, the two women he creates here are not as self-aware as the men, even though one of these guys advocates for Hitler."
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TheaterScene.net
January 16th, 2019

“An exhilarating trio of short plays by noted cultural provocateur Neil LaBute...Each is a well-crafted topical theatrical snapshot smoothly dramatizing contemporary United States themes. LaBute’s distinctive dark humor and sharp insights into the human condition are realized by his bitingly precise dialogue. Most crucially he has created enthralling showcases for actors to dazzle in...Three knockouts make for a thrilling event.”
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Theatre is Easy
January 16th, 2019

"All three offerings are by LaBute himself, and therefore, the enterprise feels a bit less exciting. It’s not uncommon for a famous writer to offer a bill of great short plays that he’s amassed over the years, but these three new plays seem decidedly underdeveloped...I found myself impatient attending three plays that would have been better served by a table read. Even famous writers need to bother with the rigors of fully developing their work."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 18th, 2019

"Each of his new plays is absorbingly written and perfectly acted…In 'The Fourth Reich' we meet…a…guy who casually chats to us about why maybe Adolf Hitler really wasn't such a monster…In 'Great Negro Works of Art'…a white woman…and a…black man…meet after connecting on a dating app…'Unlikely Japan'…keeps us glued to its tale of a woman's guilt at having spurned the attentions of a man, the high school beau in whom she'd lost interest."
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