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Neil LaBute’s THE SHAPE OF THINGS

(left to right) Rhiona Armont, James Manera, Emily Burke (Director), Claudia Coy and Benjamin Gageler
Rhiona Armont, James Manera, Emily Burke (Director), Claudia Coy and Benjamin Gageler

It is no accident that American playwright Neil LaBute’s THE SHAPE OF THINGS is on the HSC Drama syllabus. It is a play to be acted not read. In her program notes Emily Burke, directing it for Backstage at UTS, refers to this production as a ‘living piece of theatre’. And so it is. It is very well lifted off the page.

The piece begins and ends in a visual arts gallery. Evelyn, a visual arts student, is lurking around a male statue featuring a fig leaf with a spray can and intent. She has crossed a line before we even know her. Continue reading Neil LaBute’s THE SHAPE OF THINGS