Tag: Neil LaBute

"Wrecks" (Profiles Theatre): Brilliantly Blindsiding

"Wrecks" (Profiles Theatre):  Brilliantly Blindsiding
Profiles Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of WRECKS. John Judd (Edward) stars in this one man show.  Judd is a widower at the funeral home.  His wife has died and he has escaped the mourners to smoke in a side room.  He addresses the audience like bystanders to the tragedy of his life.  And he... Read more »

"Fat Pig" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Refreshingly and Devastatingly Sincere

"Fat Pig" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Refreshingly and Devastatingly Sincere
Steppenwolf Theatre, in partnership with Northwestern University, presents the Third Annual NEXT UP.  The NEXT UP series showcases graduate students from NU’s MFA programs in Direction and Design. This year the three shows running in repertory are FAT PIG, THE DRUNKEN CITY, and THE INTERNATIONALIST.   As a plus size woman, I was hesitant to... Read more »

"In The Company of Men" (Profiles Theatre): Lacking the LaBute Punch

"In The Company of Men" (Profiles Theatre):  Lacking the LaBute Punch
Profiles Theatre presents the World Premiere of IN THE COMPANY OF MEN. I’ve seen a number of Neil LaBute’s plays.  His dialogue is riddled with profanity and comedy.  His characters are usually acerbic.  And the drama typically twists and warps unexpectedly.  I’m often left marred for life after a LaBute show.  His nuggets of wisdom... Read more »

"In a Forest, Dark and Deep" (Profiles Theatre): Brother vs Sister Smackdown!

"In a Forest, Dark and Deep" (Profiles Theatre): Brother vs Sister Smackdown!
“Truth hurts, don’t it?’ -Bobby and Betty’s family motto #84.  Profiles Theatre presents the American premiere of IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP.  Betty needs to move out of her cabin.  She recruits her brother Bobby to pack.  They haven’t spent any time together lately.  Betty thinks Bobby is a loud-mouth, judgmental Neanderthal.  Bobby thinks... Read more »

"Tunnel Rat" (Genesis Theatrical Productions): War Flashbacks Need to Go Deeper!

#71.  ‘I’m going to Disney World’ is such a happy statement.  ‘I’m going to Vietnam’ is just the opposite for me.  Thirty plus years after the war ended, I still associate Vietnam with negativity.  I have friends who have vacationed there and describe its beauty.  Maybe it’s because my dad served in Vietnam or the... Read more »

Review "Reasons to be Pretty": A man's quest for inner beauty

    Profiles Theatre presents    reasons to be pretty     Written by Neil LaBute Directed by Rick Snyder  at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway (map) thru March 13  |  tickets: $35-$40  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh He will hurt you. He’s a guy. It’s a done deal! Profiles Theatre presents the Chicago premiere... Read more »

Review "BASH": Labute's Three Kinds of Evil!

Brikenbrak Theatre Project, i/a/w Gorilla Tango Capital presents     Bash     Written by Neil Labute Directed by Paul Cosca Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western (map) through October 31  |  tickets: $15  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh Deathbed confessions are absolution rites to get to the afterlife. Reality show confessionals are bragging rights to... Read more »

Review "Taming The Shrew": Two Plays, One Works!

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents Taming of the ShrewAt Courtyard Theatre Navy Pier, 800 East Grand AvenueWritten by William ShakespeareWith additional scenes by Neil LaButeDirected by Josie RourkeThru June 6th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours and fifty minutes includes a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh “And bring you from a wild Kate to a... Read more »

"The Mercy Seat" Theatre Review: 9/12 Attacks On The Homefront

Profiles Theatre presents The Mercy Seat Written by Neil LaBute Directed by Joe Jahraus 9/11 is an unforgettable day. The next day, not so much! Although no one ever asks “where were you on 9/12?” that is the chosen setting for Profile Theatre’s production of The Mercy Seat. Among the ruins of the 2001 terrorists’... Read more »