This collection includes seven short plays: FUNNY, BENCH SEAT, ALL APOLOGIES, MERGE, LONG DIVISION, ROAD TRIP, and AUTOBAHN. Be it the medium for clandestine couplings, arguments, shelter, or ultimately transportation, the automobile is perhaps the most authentically American of spaces. In AUTOBAHN, Neil LaBute's provocative collection of one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat, the playwright employs his signature plaintive insight to great effect, investigating the inchoate apprehension that surrounds the steering wheel. Each of these seven brief vignettes explore the ethos of perception and relationship — from a make-out session gone awry to a kidnapping thinly disguised as a road trip, a reconnaissance mission involving the rescue of a Nintendo 64 to a daughter's long ride home after her release from rehab. The result is an unsettling montage that gradually reveals the scabrous force of words left unsaid while illuminating the delicate interplay between intention and morality, capturing the essence of middle America and the myriad paths which cross its surface.
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Let me preface this by saying that Neil Labute has never been my favorite playwright. He has quite a few good plays, but he's not always my cup of tea.I read this play while looking for the next work for my company to perform, and I have to say, it was a very good read. The concept is brilliant (every short play is set in a car) but some of the actual works didn't live up to the theme. That said, many of them were good, and I would like to produce this play when I get a chance.