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 like short well acted one act plays, stories designed to provoke a reaction, you really enjoy LaBute's work, or you like edgy theater
Don't see it if you don't like your intelligence being insulted, or want subtlety, decent characters, or nuance.
See it if You value misogony, think women are all clueless morons, and think Hitler was brilliant guy who got a bad rap ONLY because he lost a war.
Don't see it if you have no patience for writers who write to incite or belittle, thinking this makes them edgy or thought provoking.
See it if You have a love for theater seemingly intended to generate discomfort and anger.
Don't see it if You like nuance and subtlety. Your idea of theater doesn't include a monologue of neo-Nazi ranting.
See it if You are getting paid to sit through everything ever written by LaBute.
Don't see it if You were hoping for peak LaBute. This is not his best work. These seem like writing exercises from a sophomore playwriting workshop