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on August 20, 2017
An excellent play. Neil Labute's dialogue is so naturalistic and conversational juxtaposed against such dark subject matter!
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on June 25, 2017
required read for creative writing class but worth the experience of this unique view of human behavior
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on September 24, 2015
These short plays are a good introduction to Neil LaBute. Take that for what you will.

Each deals with seemingly normal people who do horrible things -- either for sheer obscene pleasure, as in "A Gaggle of Saints", or in a moment of fear, as in "Iphigenia in Orem." There is all the shocking depravity for which LaBute is known here. The plays explore the aftermath of the moment of cruel decision -- how the perpetrators cope with what they have done.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 13, 2005
This is an incredible play. I think that the Mormon culture is fascinating--actually, I think that any sub-culture that is quirky and not accessible to everyone is fascinating. I live in Utah, and I've noticed that there isn't much media out there that develops the quirky Mormon culture. Most of the stuff available is either "faith promoting," or "bashing," and neither of those extremes really gets into any of the interesting parts of the culture.

Enter Neil Labute--he sets some very interesting stories in the quirky Mormon culture. They aren't faith promoting--they aren't negative toward Mormons...they're just stories set in a quirky Mormon culture.

This isn't a "slice of Mormon life." It is, as I've heard people say, "Good people who happen to do bad things," even though that grossly oversimplifies these stories. The stories are fantastic, and they have the typical Labute macabre.

I suspected that Labute could do Mormons well after the interesting discussion of pornography that he included in "The Shape of Things." But, I was pleasantly surprised by how well he wrote Mormons in a book dedicated to them.

Technical stuff--The book is tiny: 96 pages, and small. Two of the three plays are monologues, and the other is a two-person play. It doesn't have your typical play notes, like "[The lights dim....a bottle breaks in the background]." These "plays" are 100% dialogue.

I knew it would be good, but after reading this book, I'm going to buy all of Labute's plays that are available on amazon.
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on May 16, 2017
great shape
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VINE VOICEon March 6, 2007
Never had a play truly made my stomach turn, but in the first act, in the first small play, it did just that, and pretty much continued at that rate and speed throughout. This interesting understanding of suffering and sacrifice for corporate America, for idealism, for religion, it's the plays that nearly got it's writer, excommunicated from the church. I don't see why, but I do see a great playwright, whose plays are not getting the attention they truly deserve.
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on December 30, 2014
Medea in Redux is one of my favorite one women shows, I used it for my senior thesis, great set of plays from Mr. LaBute!
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