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 LaBute fan and enjoy his ear for dialogue and monologue; enjoy plays which jog your sensibilities.
Don't see it if you are a holocaust survivor; or a black person with oversensitivity to whites tiptoeing around PC subject matter.
See it if Thoughtful one act plays where individuals try to make peace with inner demons & with the world. Ruminative but not as bitter as past plays
Don't see it if Two are monologues. Be forewarned: one topic is who writes history using Hitler as prism.
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're a fan of Neil LaBute and enjoy great, thought provoking dialogue.
Don't see it if you dislike one person plays, and if you'd prefer lighter dialogue that does not require you to think.
See it if Liker Labute plays, actors give intense discourse on benign and hot-spot topics. You find yourself arguing and/ or agreeing with them.
Don't see it if These plays will push you buttons. You will be challenged to think. Perhaps you want a light, mindless entertainment. Then, this is not f
See it if you like LaBute's desire to shock with what's behind seemingly polite facades, or plays where characters speak apparent truths w/o guile.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate somewhat rambling, albeit usually interesting monologues (2 of the 3 pieces) where characters reveal un-PC thoughts.
See it if You like La Bute and short, provocative pieces. La Bute has never shied away from shocking statements, and these pieces follow that pattern.
Don't see it if You're looking for something light. These one-acts are like a punch in the gut - the first two stronger than the third, but all good.
See it if You like Neil LaBute, who may very well be in the audience! The plays definitely had HIS tone. "The 4th Reich" and "Unlikely Japan" were
Don't see it if SoloS, which I generally shy away from- the latter was more emotional. The middle piece, "Great Negro Works of Art", was the strongest and
See it if Like LaBute’s work- as this is consistent with other pieces. LaBute touches important issues and feelings, but then shys away.
Don't see it if Don’t like monologues-two of pieces are monologues by not terribly sympathetic people.Object to women being portrayed as silly or dumb
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.
See it if What you hope Off-B’way would always be. Good writing, good directing, and good acting. Three provocative one-acts explore dark places,
Don't see it if Shoulder-to-shoulder seating in an over-warmed theatre. You prefer multiple characters interacting rather than one doing a monologue.
See it if ...you appreciate the language and flow of LaBute and want to experience it excellently done.
Don't see it if ...you will be disappointed by work that is clever but tame on making a point.
See it if you like short vignettes back to back to back for about 90 minutes by a talented writer, who also directed the last story
Don't see it if you need elaborate staging or comfortable seating
See it if You want to see three short contemporary works by a thinking (well, usually) playwright in low budget but professional production.
Don't see it if This is trigger warning city. You get the sense Labute purposely tries to challenge perceptions. The one with the Hitler apologist. more so.
See it if You enjoy 1 act plays, topics that challenge us, and dialogue that requires looking below the surface for more complex meaning
Don't see it if You are easily offended, are uncomfortable with topics involving racism and hate both hidden and overt.
See it if You're a LaBute fan, like me; 1 out of 3 good ones makes this worth it. Great Negro Works of Art hits it out of the park.
Don't see it if You don't like monologues or are sensitive about the topics of the Holocaust and race.
See it if you like Neil LaBute and want to see his new works; like short one actor monologues and two-actor dialogue with uncomfortable themes.
Don't see it if You don't like LaBute's writing, want easy entertainment; are easily offended with provocative writing and views. Themes include racism.
See it if You're a LaBute fan. The third piece: Unlikely Japan is some of his best writing in years and beautifully performed by Gia Crovatin
Don't see it if You don't like LaBute or can't stand uncomfortable, squirm-inducing material
See it if You are interested in thought provoking one act plays. If you don’t mind feeling uncomfortable hearing about subjects that are disturbing.
Don't see it if You want to see something light and fluffy. Mr Labute never writes that kind of thing. He always makes you gasp. In a good way.