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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
Avg Score

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow-paced, Intelligent

See it if like intelligent thought-provoking "one-person" (one was two people) performances - thoughtful but little staging.

Don't see it if Straight monologues bore you and you need more

Also All pieces evoked interesting subjects and thought provoking issues, b... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You’re looking for a Riveting, intelligent set of three short plays. Excellent acting with a script to match. Engaging and relevant.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a light musical.

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

During previews
Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You are open minded and don't mind being challenged on your ideas.

Don't see it if You're easily offended and shut down when challenged.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like small cast one-acts and value experiencing a singular point of view in the theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be provoked.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Mr Labute always delivers the goods. He writes compelling stories that are both natural and surreal These were one acts- not like full play

Don't see it if you don't like serious theater

During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if Timely topics Realistic dialogue Monologues Raw subjects

Don't see it if Would be offended by play about Hitler or race or mass murder

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like Labute or are looking for Theatre that isn't going to hold back from making you uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You want an easy story or aren't interested in the human condition. Or if you are easily offended

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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