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.