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 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 enjoy satire. you enjoy dark humor. you appreciate thought provoking plays on ethics and moral. If you want to see great acting.
Don't see it if you are afraid of hot topics such as racism and get easily offended by satire
See it if You enjoy plays with intriguing insights. It brings disturbing thoughts to the forefront and gives voice to people's internal struggles.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of small theatres, taboo topics or one-act plays.
See it if you enjoys one-act plays designed to make one feel uncomfortable, with no easy answers but with plenty of dark humor and excellent acting.
Don't see it if you dislike one-acts or require complex plots. The first play seemed designed to provoke and force you to draw your own conclusion.
See it if If you are a fan of Neil Labute writing which is always interesting and thought provoking and always attracts great actors.
Don't see it if If you do not like solo acts or two handers.
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 LaBute's scorching dialogue, you'll enjoy at least one of these three plays. The two monologues were largely misses for me.
Don't see it if you're not a LaBute fan. These three short plays are very typical of his work: timely issues with buttons pushed to the point of discomfort.
See it if 3 very different plays - interesting, but not LaBute's best work. Good acting. Moves quickly.
Don't see it if Do not see if you desire a standard in depth show. Short plays cannot get into real character study. Just OK.
See it if You enjoy fast paced, one act vignettes addressing contemporary issues in a thoughtful, deep way
Don't see it if You need action and fast pace, don’t enjoy reflective contemporary dialogue
See it if you are into relevant, thought-provoking plays that challenge your most basic assumptions. Be ready to feel uncomfortable and engaged.
Don't see it if you aren't ready to be exposed to unconventional and thought-provoking thinking.
See it if Well acted and absorbing one-act plays. Always had you on the edge of being uncomfortable, but totally engaged.
Don't see it if You are easily offended. Doesn’t shy away from race or politics. Not a light night at the theater.
See it if You like direct and raw drama, and difficult and uncomfortable situations. You appreciate small productions (1 or 2 characters, no set)
Don't see it if You don't like confrontation and uncomfortable / awkward situations. You need to find all characters likable to enjoy a performance.
See it if You want to see a masterful playwright's talents on display in three short, powerful plays. LaBute's dialogue is mind-blowingly good, as
Don't see it if always, and he continues to provoke us--dare us--to see the darker side of human beings on earth. The atmosphere in the audience was
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 want to see 2 monologues & a 2-hander from the insightful Labute about questioning & challenging one's perceptions of accepted truths.
Don't see it if you're looking for something light, easy & unprovocative; you don't like unadorned, modest (in terms of design), wordy plays.
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 Button-pusher Neil tackles an Adolph supporter, interracial daters, and an ex mourning a jilted lover.The centrepiece is "Great Negro Works"
Don't see it if Continuing LaBute's affinity for punishing his female characters and not knowing how to end his plays, the 80 gimmicky mins are swift.
Also "Festival" is misleading.
See it if LaBute likes to shock so be ready in the first play. Best is the second - biracial dating in a world of political correctness.
Don't see it if If you have any kind of sensitivity about mass murder, racial remarks, despots, or just normal things never said aloud.