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The Break of Noon by Neil LaBute
City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA
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The Break of Noon by Neil LaBute
What if God told you to be a better person but the world wouldn't allow it? Such is the dilemma facing Joe Smith, a run-of-the-mill white-collar businessman who survives an office shooting and is subsequently touched by what he believes to be a divine vision. His journey toward personal enlightenment past greed and lust and the other deadly sins is, by turns, tense, hilarious, profane, and heartbreaking. Break of Noon explores the narrow path to spiritual fulfillment and how strewn it is with the funny, frantic failings of humankind while, in the process, showcasing Neil LaBute at his discomfiting best.

Adult situations.

"There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute."

-John Lahr, The New Yorker

"The bad boy of American theater.Dangerous and devastatingly funny."

-Jumana Farouky, Time

"[A] smart and striking staging, and from the talents of an astute and talented ensemble, with George Villas rendering a terrific performance in the lead role.The [performers]deliver many incisive moments, especially Kristina Drager as the liberated ex-spouse who wants nothing more to do with John and Kat Johnson as his mercenary attorney. Courtney Clonch is also spot on as the smirking TV host who ridicules John on air...In the end, the production turns on Villas' performance. Wild-eyed and weirded out, his storytelling mesmerizes. You're right there with him as he discovers the body of a young assistant by the copy machine, her throat slit, and later, on the edge of your seat as the killer ominously approaches, gun in hand, with John having nowhere to run."

Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly

"Neil LaBute is a playwright who likes to get under your skin. Love him or hate him, he's going to push your buttons, challenge your assumptions. City Garage is tackling his 2011 play The Break of Noon and it's no exception."

Anthony Byrnes, KCRW

"In the aftermath of a mass shooting, the sole survivor narrating Neil LaBute's "The Break of Noon" at City Garage resolves to mend his selfish ways, attributing his escape to divine interventionNaturally, there's another shoe to drop  it's a LaBute play  and Villas' excellent performance systematically exposes the cracks in Smith's professed redemption. Bad habits reemerge in his serial encounters with a sleazy lawyer (Kat Johnston), his skeptical ex-wife (Kristina Drager), his tacky mistress (Katrina Nelson), a cynical talk show host (Courtney Clonch), a shooting victim's daughter (Nicole Gerth) and a suspicious cop (Alex Pike) whose interrogation gives new meaning to "getting in your face" thanks to inventive video projections by Anthony M. Sannazaro.The ensemble provides impressively detailed characterizationsDirector Frédérique Michel and designer Charles A. Duncombe attempt a bit of redemption of their own with a stylish visual deconstruction that amplifies the script's artifice: During the successive encounters, the "on-deck" character perches motionless off to the side."

Phillip Brandes, Los Angeles Times


City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center (View)
2525 Michigan Ave. Building T1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States





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