The Shape of Things
This is the first major production of a Neil LaBute play in Honolulu. LaBute is the author of such plays and screenplays as Fat Pig, Autobahn, In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty, and The Wicker Man. LaBute also directed
his own film version of The Shape of Things. Called "American theater's reigning misanthrope," LaBute uses his plays to push the boundaries of modern playwriting by often ripping the veneer from social conventions. In The Shape of Things, he takes a scathing approach to "art at any cost" and the devaluation of relationships.
The Shape of Things is directed by Associate Artistic Director Hannah Schauer Galli, who helmed last year's critically acclaimed production of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. To her, the play "confronts our need to conform to society's illusions of beauty." Galli continues, "It forces us to be drawn to the unsettling side of human nature; that little part of each of us that sees a weakness and takes advantage of it." In the play, Evelyn
takes Adam under her wing and molds him into her own work, an obvious reversal of the Biblical story of creation. "Neil LaBute has a way of writing that seems so starkly conversational; yet when his words are heard aloud, the humor, the anticipation, the fear bubble to the surface," says Galli. As Evelyn says, "Art is a visceral thing. You've got to feel it, love it, hate it. It isn't a casserole."
The four person cast includes Ryan Wuestewald (previously seen as Yvan in AWS's production of Yasmina Reza's ART) as Adam and Michelle Hurtubise (Lady Macbeth in last year's UH production) as Evelyn. Rounding out the cast are local favorite Reb Beau Allen and Michelle Boudreau, who was a standout in UH's recent jingju production of The White Snake. AWS's previous production of ART was rehearsed for only two and a half weeks, likewise for The Shape of Things. "Working quickly is a professional expectation," Galli explains. "For us, it creates an empowering environment where all input is valued and we are all open to the ideas of our colleagues."
Tickets are $12 general and $10 student/senior with Sundays being Pay What You Can. All the World's a Stage is committed to making theatre affordable to everyone. Reservations for Sundays will be at regular price, but all
rush tickets are available for whatever the audience can afford.
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
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