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Filthy Talk for Troubled Times: And Other Plays
     

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times: And Other Plays

by Neil LaBute
 

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Neil LaBute burst onto the American theater scene in 1989 with his controversial debut work Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. Set in a barroom in Anytown USA and populated by a series of everymen (and two beleaguered everywomen), this series of frank exchanges explores the innumerable varieties of American intolerance. A unique snapshot of the times, the play

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Neil LaBute burst onto the American theater scene in 1989 with his controversial debut work Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. Set in a barroom in Anytown USA and populated by a series of everymen (and two beleaguered everywomen), this series of frank exchanges explores the innumerable varieties of American intolerance. A unique snapshot of the times, the play — seldom allowed production by the author since — provides a compelling look at the early thinking and evolution of one of our great theater artists.
Also in this collection is a series of new, short works, some never before produced. They include “The New Testament,” a showbiz satire that takes a close look at the perils of color-blind casting, and “The Furies,” in which a woman helps navigate her brother’s breakup with his out-and-then-perhaps, in-the-closet-again lover.

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Praise for Neil LaBute

“The reigning prince of Off Broadway.” —David Amsden, New York

“LaBute [is] the dark shining star of stage and film morality.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

“There is something of the sinister menace of Pinter in LaBute's work (along with David Mamet, he is very much the heir apparent to that master).” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“A connoisseur of unsettling emotion . . . LaBute’s psychological terrain is the punishing slippery slope of ambivalence. In his hands, this bedeviling state of spiritual stasis comes with a distinctive sound, a sensational hemming and hawing, which poetically betrays the mind boxing clever with itself.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

“Like a giant, mischievous child poking a dog with a stick, Neil LaBute delights in seeing what he can get away with. [He's] the bad boy of American theater . . . Dangerous and devastatingly funny.” —Jumana Farouky, Time

“LaBute[‘s] judgment of his fellow men makes the Old Testament Jehovah look like a softie . . . his talents go beyond glibly vicious storytelling and extend into thoughtful analyses of a world rotten with original sin.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593763732
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
391 KB

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Neal LaBute is a critically acclaimed playwright, filmmaker, and fiction writer. His most recent works for the stage include Fat Pig, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play, and Reasons to Be Pretty, which received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He divides his time between Chicago and Los Angeles.

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