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 are a fan of LaBute’s work,one act plays,lengthy monologues.one was might be a controversy about Hitler,another one through online app
Don't see it if You are offended/bothered by one act about admiration of Adolf Hitler by a guy, online dating of interracial couple, and Vegas attacks
See it if you are keen to check out a trio of one-acts that are meant to be a little uncomfortable in the sense of provoking thought and conversation.
Don't see it if you want to stay far away from hot-button topics like mass shootings, race, PC culture, and white supremacy/Adolf Hitler.
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 enjoy LaBute's sustained awkwardness, sketching out in few short minutes whole personalities, deeply flawed,annoying, always relate-able
Don't see it if you see through some of the dramatic devices, don't enjoy provocation that sometimes feels like it's there for provocation's sake alone.
See it if You enjoy 3 short plays about relevant thought provoking topics which aren’t connected to each other.
Don't see it if You prefer an evening with a single threaded play and characters or you prefer musicals.
See it if You will enjoy three short, very different pieces all dealing with how people perceive and treat, or mistreat, others.
Don't see it if Monologues and non-linear conversation annoy or bore you.
See it if you enjoy one-act plays that are intended to make one think and/or uncomfortable. Also, if you like "natural" dialogue (monologue?).
Don't see it if you become discomfited by sort of pro-Nazi talk or "subtle-ish" racism. People walked out of both the 1st & 2nd pieces.
See it if You like short one act plays with characters and stories that can make you feel a little “ uncomfortable “.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of LaBute and the way he writes. Two of the acts are monologues and the staging is extremely minimal.
See it if "Great Negro Works of Art" is outstanding. LaBute at his best - love the dialogue. The other two were OK but not to his usual level IMHO.
Don't see it if you are triggered by Hitler, the Holocaust, race relations, gender issues, and mass shootings.
See it if The performances are outstanding. Labute's ear for contemporary speech and psychology is breathtaking.
Don't see it if you are looking for light fare or melodrama or easy comedy.
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 like Neil LaBute, you want to see top actors (working on major TV shows but with theater lives too), you enjoy one-acts.
Don't see it if You don't like LaBute's verbal style, you dislike short plays.
See it if you like political plays, plays about the current cultural moment. That's its strength. The second one act was my favorite.
Don't see it if you don't like analyses of our current culture.
See it if You like strong writing, performances, and one act plays. The second one was a highlight.
Don't see it if You don't like long monologues or are easily offended by discussions that involve the Holocaust, race, and shootings.
See it if you want to see interesting & flawed characters. LaBute exposes the ugliness of humanity in ways that are recognizable & at times relatable.
Don't see it if you cant bear watching potentially unlikeable characters in squirm-inducing situations, as this is often LaBute's trademark.
See it if LaBute is a master of dialogue and the use of the precise word for the moment. It’s revealing theater but seldom gentle or uplifting.
Don't see it if If you fear topics that are too sensitive to discuss with strangers. Or don’t like that his bothersome characters are a lot like us.
See it if you are a fan of Neil Labute's writing or of edgy, funny one-act plays.
Don't see it if you don't like the "short story" format or drama that can be uncomfortable and possibly make you squirm a little.
See it if YOu like thought provoking great drama that gets you almost angry. It is very shocking at times
Don't see it if YOu don't like being uncomfortable.
See it if You like good writing and interesting subjects and good acting.
Don't see it if You are sensitive about topics about the Holocaust.