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." More…
In "Unlikely Japan" a young woman spots an old flame on television and vividly recounts how a single choice can alter the course of multiple lives.
"Great Negro Works of Art" follows a meeting between an under-celebrated artist and his gallery manager as they debate race, culture, and what is/what is not “art” today.
"The Fourth Reich" focuses on a public speaker as he presents his unique views on modern history, thoughts about the future and ruminations on his favorite painter.
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.
See it if I don't care for the rambling patter of LaBute's monologues. They attempt to challenge and make you think but are cliched and shallow and
Don't see it if don't go far enough. They just meander along the border of dangerous. Acting was decent, but not worth sitting through this mush.
See it if you are a Neil LaBute completist; you like new work even if it's unpolished; you have a friend in the cast; you're really into monologues;
Don't see it if you prefer dramas w/ relatable characters; Adolf Hitler admiration riles you up; you need material less static than a rambling monologue;
See it if you like to think and feel uncomfortable, sometimes it feels like that is the goal
Don't see it if you see through some of the dramatic devices and want a shows that's less scripted and more unpredictable
See it if You like being provoked or are not easily provoked and get stand back from it.
Don't see it if You are sensitive about issues like race and the Holocaust. I thought it went too far to make a point that wasn't worth it.
See it if you would like to experience a less-dyspeptic side of Neil LaBute (for the most part).
Don't see it if you're looking for drama: these 3 one-acts are bookended by monologs & the central 2-hander is pretty much all talk as well.
See it if you must see everything Labute writes. Two monologues and a dialogue. Only the dialogue really works,
Don't see it if you are looking for linear plays. These almost seem like exercises.
See it if you like LaBute, like confrontational / edgy one acts. These are slight compared to some of his other works, but still retain his voice.
Don't see it if you don't want to be provoked, don't like short plays, don't like LaBute.