COW. SLOB. PIG.
How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.
Neil LaBute is a striking playwright, relevant today in his acute reflections of what it means to be alive in contemporary America. He specializes in bringing to life seemingly ordinary characters who, as the narrative unfolds, become increasingly uncomfortable to watch and to listen to. What's best about LaBute's work is that it pries its way into you, making you reflect on yourself, the type of person you are and the type of person you hope to be. LaBute's plays always nail the diagnosis, but stray far from providing any idea for a cure and this responsibility LaBute places in the hands of the audience is exactly what makes his work so necessary.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present this up-to-the-minute comedy about falling in love in a big, big way.
by NEIL LABUTE
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
“Emotionally engaging & unsettling” New York Times
"A beautifully written, hilarious dissection of how societal pressures affect relationships.” Wall Street Journal
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Neil LaBute is arguably the most challenging, provocative, and acclaimed playwright of his generation.
His controversial works include the plays bash: latterday plays, The Distance from Here, The Mercy Seat, Autobahn, and This is How It Goes; the films In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, and Possession; the play and film adaptation of The Shape of Things; and the short story collection Seconds of Pleasure.
“His cruel wit and chronicles of immoral moralizers have made him, arguably, the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today.”
David Amsden, New York Magazine
"There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute."
John Lahr, The New Yorker
"Mr. LaBute is writing some of the freshest and most illuminating dialogue to be heard anywhere these days."
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
ZENA MARIE VAUGHN
CHARLES P. STITES
DIRECTION | DEREK KOLLURI
SCENIC DESIGN | PATRICK + HOLLY CROWLEY
COSTUME DESIGN | JENNY HANNA-CHAMBERS
SOUND DESIGN | BLAKE ADDYSON
STAGE MANAGER | TYLER KING
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