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The Shape of Things: A Play Paperback – July 8 2002

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LaBute meticulously plans that the shocking, climatic revelations should cast dark light upon his apparently average people. (Nicholas de Jongh, The Standard)

LaBute's great gift is to live in and to chronicle that murky area of not knowing, which mankind spends much of its waking life denying. (
John Lahr, The New Yorker)

A piece whose intricate layers of treachery are worthy of David Mamet. (
Paul Taylor, The Independent)

About the Author

Neil LaBute received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in- Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City.

LaBute's plays include:
bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), Some Girl ( s ), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, In a Dark Dark House, Reasons to Be Pretty (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and The Break of Noon. In the spring of 2011 his play In a Forest, Dark and Deep premiered in London's West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.

His films include
In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0571212468
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Faber & Faber Plays; Main edition (July 8 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780571212460
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0571212460
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 132 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.45 x 1.65 x 19.81 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170 ratings

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Neal LaBute's most recent works for the stage include This Is How It Goes (Faber, 2005) and Fat Pig (Faber, 2004), which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play.

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Physical wise, the book was in okay condition. In terms of the plot and storyline, a very interesting play. I reccomend.
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