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