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Sent on Mormon-News: 10Mar00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LaBute's Bash Opens In Washington DC
(ON STAGE: MINI REVIEWS: bash: latterday plays)
Washington Post 10Mar00 A4
By William Triplett

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- LDS playwright Neil LaBute's "Bash: Latterday Plays" opened recently in Washington DC, and the Post's William Triplett wrote a 'mini review' of the collection of three monologues. Triplett says that while LaBute has a gift for composing "the telling line that can make you burst out laughing or recoil in revulsion at the character speaking it." But he says that LaBute needs more than good lines for a good stage monologue.

Triplett describe's the works in his review, and expresses confusion about why the characters are even identified as Mormon. "You get the impression that his real agenda with the religion lies in the final piece, 'a gaggle of saints,'" he writes. The last piece is about two gaybashing Mormons on a trip to New York City. 'A gaggle of saints' shows that "contemporary life, compared with classical texts and themes, has become small, cheap and dumbed down," according to Triplett, but he thinks LaBute has shown that "in a small, cheap and dumbed-down way," in that monologue.

Bash is showing at Studio Theater's Milton Theatre on Wednesdays to Sundays through April 9th.


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