The Shape of Things
Closed 2h 10m
The Shape of Things
88

The Shape of Things London Reviews and Tickets

88%
(13 Ratings)
Positive
100%
Mixed
0%
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Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the Show

Neil LaBute's coming-of-age play exploring relationships where nothing is quite what it seems. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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171 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Edgy, Refreshing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like romcoms like the movie 500 days of summer although this is edgy and dark. Wanna believe in the power of plays, just watch this

Don't see it if You don't like getting repulsed by characters questioning yourself at the end if unconditional love is indeed a thing or not

60 Reviews | 6 Followers
86
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like a play that makes you reconsider some things and surprises you

Don't see it if you want a “happy” ending and don’t like having your mind with a million thoughts about the play

161 Reviews | 30 Followers
83
Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want an intelligently written and very witty play, with excellent delivery from the whole cast. Funny and engaging throughout.

Don't see it if you don’t like dark comedies. This centres itself around manipulative relationships and the ending sequence may prove a difficult watch.

224 Reviews | 42 Followers
80
Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if your into a show that will truly make you see things differently and have you thinking about it afterwards

Don't see it if you wanna divorce your partner it might have you thinking about your own relationship

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
85
'90s comedy, Caustic, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Like dark comedies from the '90s - think Mean Girls, 10 Things, Heathers etc - smart as a whip with 4 engaging leads. Great American play.

Don't see it if If you don't like edgy modern dark comedies

23 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intelligent writing and plot twist

Don't see it if you believe in long-term loving relationships

16 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Relatable, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like small personal plays, the theater was small which made me feel included in the piece. Great acting!

Don't see it if You like background changes

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Your interested in a nuanced look at the swapping of gender roles and changing to fit with someone else.

Don't see it if You don’t like a strong female protagonist

Critic Reviews (12)

BroadwayWorld
May 31st, 2023

" 'The Shape of Things' is a production about coercive control at its most subtle stages...This creates a show that's equal parts disturbing and intriguing - something you can't take your eyes away from while knowing it will likely end badly. As a result, it's a stellar piece of theatre."
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The London Evening Standard
May 31st, 2023

"Adam’s anger in his final confrontation with Evelyn isn’t totally convincing, and the play never quite lands a killer blow. But the plot is as finely engineered as a sports car and carries you away just as smoothly."
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The Guardian (UK)
May 31st, 2023

"The ending lands with a soft punch but still leaves us dwelling on LaBute’s seductive sociopaths, and what, exactly, makes them tick."
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The Times (UK)
May 31st, 2023

"The dialogue still crackles in Nicky Allpress’s pacey revival, even if the piece is a tad too schematic, and the final scene adds a debate about art and ethics that audience members should be left to have among themselves on the way home."
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The Stage (UK)
May 31st, 2023

"Director Nicky Allpress sets a snappy pace here, breezing through the play’s witty conversations while building an effective sense of unease that grows steadily until the devastating final-act twist."
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WhatsOnStage
June 1st, 2023

" 'The Shape Of Things' is a piece that fascinates on several contradictory levels. It’s very funny, utterly chilling, compellingly provocative and grimly prescient."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
May 30th, 2023

"Scenes are speedily intercut, linked with MTV style music to bring the teenage hormones up to boiling point. It results in a curious interplay: here is a solid production of a questionable play."
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All That Dazzles (UK)
June 1st, 2023

"With jokes-a-plenty and a distinctly British sense of humour laced in the script, this is a production which will leave audiences giggling from start to finish, and some will find the twist at the end completely unpredictable and delightfully devilish."
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