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Publisher Comments:

No American playwright has written more compellingly about the subtle ways in which people inflict pain on each other than Neil LaBute. His films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors both gained critical renown for their biting satire and caustic wit. Now, with The Distance from Here, he has written his most riveting play yet, an intense look at the dark side of American suburbia.

With little to occupy their time other than finding a decent place to hang out--the zoo, the mall, the school parking lot--Darrell and Tim are two American teenagers who lack any direction or purpose in their lives. When Darrell's suspicion about the faithlessness of his girlfriend is confirmed and Tim comes to her defense, there is nothing to brake their momentum as all three speed toward disaster.

Review:

"[T]hrilling....When the tragic moment occurs, it's an indication of LaBute's prowess that we experience it as both a surprise and an inevitability. LaBute, in his most ambitious and best play to date, gets inside the emptiness of American culture, the masquerade of pleasure and the evil of neglect. The Distance from Here, it seems to me, is a new title to be added to the short list of important contemporary plays." John Lahr, The New Yorker

Review:

"LaBute's skill, and the shortness of the scenes, are compelling....[His] excellent writing generates an exact depiction of empty, soulless, thoughtless lives." Hal Jensen, Times Literary Supplement

Synopsis:

This intense look at the dark side of American suburbia is a dark and provocative new play by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director LaBute.

About the Author

Neil LaBute's first film, In the Company of Men, received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best feature and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also written and directed Your Friends and Neighbors and the forthcoming The Shape of Things, and directed Nurse Betty and the soon- to-be released Possession. His other plays include Bash, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, Sanguinarians and Sycophants, Rounder, and Ravages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585673711
Author:
Labute, Neil
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Author:
LaBute, Neil
Location:
Woodstock, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Suburban life
Subject:
War
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.38x5.52x.42 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 128 pages Overlook Press - English 9781585673711 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]hrilling....When the tragic moment occurs, it's an indication of LaBute's prowess that we experience it as both a surprise and an inevitability. LaBute, in his most ambitious and best play to date, gets inside the emptiness of American culture, the masquerade of pleasure and the evil of neglect. The Distance from Here, it seems to me, is a new title to be added to the short list of important contemporary plays."
"Review" by , "LaBute's skill, and the shortness of the scenes, are compelling....[His] excellent writing generates an exact depiction of empty, soulless, thoughtless lives."
"Synopsis" by , This intense look at the dark side of American suburbia is a dark and provocative new play by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director LaBute.
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