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LaBute New Theater Festival 2019

From 108 member  reviews
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." 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.

Member Reviews (108)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant


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

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Excruciating, Indulgent, Insulting, Disappointing

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.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

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.

Hostile, self-indulgent, shallow, lacking character development or plot

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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

Also I liked "In the Company of Men" but these sketches are not in the same... Read more Read less

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. L...
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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 conne...
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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 adm...
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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 s...
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