Lovely Head and Other Plays

Lovely Head and Other Plays

by Neil LaBute
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468307054
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,102,538
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"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

Meet the Author

Neil LaBute's plays include bash, In a Forest, Dark and Deep, and Reasons to be Happy. His films include In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, The Shape of Things, Obsession, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend. He is a 2013 recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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