Lovely Head and Other Plays

Overview

Neil LaBute is arguably the most challenging, provocative, and acclaimed playwright of his generation. Lovely Head and Other Plays brings together his most masterful and affecting recent shorter works.

The title play, which had its American premiere at La MaMa in 2012, rivetingly explores the relationship between a nervous older man and a glib young prostitute, as their evening together drives toward a startling conclusion.

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Overview

Neil LaBute is arguably the most challenging, provocative, and acclaimed playwright of his generation. Lovely Head and Other Plays brings together his most masterful and affecting recent shorter works.

The title play, which had its American premiere at La MaMa in 2012, rivetingly explores the relationship between a nervous older man and a glib young prostitute, as their evening together drives toward a startling conclusion.

Also included is the one-act play The Great War, which looks at a divorcing couple and the ground they need to cross to reach their own end of hostilities; In the Beginning, which was written as a response to the Occupy movement and produced around the world in 2012-13 as part of Theatre Uncut; The Wager, the stage version of the film Double or Nothing starring Adam Brody; the two-handers A Guy Walks Into a Bar, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Strange Fruit; and two powerful new monologues, Bad Girl and The Pony of Love.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Mr. LaBute is writing some of the freshest and most illuminating American dialogue to be heard anywhere these days." —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Neil LaBute is the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today." —New York Magazine

"The play twists continually, and the truth is always one twist away. LaBute is such a skillful writer—edgy, funny, outrageous . . . " —Financial Times

"Neil LaBute is the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today."—David Amsden, New York

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468307054
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 965,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil LaBute is arguably the most challenging, provocative, and acclaimed playwright of his generation. In works like bash, The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, and reasons to be pretty, he superbly engages with such themes as men and women, sex and power, deception and manipulation, with the humane sensibility of an artist who, as John Lahr wrote in The New Yorker, "does not trivialize darkness but treats it with proper awe."

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