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The Shape of Things - 2001 - Off-Broadway


Promenade Theatre

(New York, NY)
2162 Broadway
by Julie Musbach - Sep 4, 2019
Neil LaBute's sometimes controversial, always unsettling fascination with the war between the sexes is on full display in THE MERCY SEAT.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2020
Christopher McIntyre (a?oeSuccessiona??) and Rob Carroll (Black Mass) have joined the cast of this coming Friday's virtual reading of Geoffrey Naufft's NEXT FALL. Mr. McIntyre will play the role of Luke, with Mr. Carroll taking on the character of Butch.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2019
Hudson Theatre Works will present the New Jersey Premiere of a?oeThe Body of an American.'
by Stephi Wild - Sep 21, 2020
Javier Muñoz (Hamilton), Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Erin Leddy (Crossroads), and Brandon Contreras (Almost Famous) will star in this coming Friday's virtual reading of Geoffrey Naufft's NEXT FALL.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 1, 2020
Jackie Burns (If/Then) and Chad Jennings (Wicked) join the previously announced Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen) and Kenita Miller (Once On This Island) in Play Reading Fridays' production of Donald Margulies' dark comedy a?oeDinner With Friendsa??, benefiting The Actors Fund. It will be directed by Alison Tanney.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2019
Hudson Theatre Works' Artistic Director Frank Licato will perform in the classic drama, a?oeTwelve Angry Mena?? with The Company Theatre Group, Hackensack. The play runs at The Hackensack Performing Arts Center from Friday, November 8 through Sunday November 17.
by Rebecca Russo - Nov 1, 2019
Knife Edge Productions is pleased to announce their next production, Neil LaBute's In a Dark Dark House. The play runs December 6 - 21 with opening night slated for December 10 at A.R.T/New York Theatres. In a Dark Dark House is directed by the company's Resident Theatre Director, Sam Helfrich.
by Stephi Wild - May 8, 2020
Today's top stories: MCP will stage Jekyll and Hyde directed by Tony Yazbeck, National Theatre has added additional shows including Coriolanus (starring Tom Hiddleston), A Streetcar Named Desire, and Barber Shop Chronicles, watch Patti LuPone and more in David Mamet's November, and more!
by Nicole Rosky - May 8, 2020
Today (May 8) in live streaming: Richard Ridge chats wit the Jersey Boys, Melissa Errico and Jason Danieley visit Stars in the House and so much more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2020
The Actors Fund has created a donation link in honor of tomorrow evening's production of Neil LaBute's THE SHAPE OF THINGS. To donate, please visit
by Marina Kennedy - May 28, 2020
Broadwayworld New Jersey continues our interview series with theatre professionals to learn about their future plans during temporary closures. Frank Licato, the Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works shared with us some interesting insights.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 28, 2020
M.F.A. Augustin J. Correro, a scholar on Tennessee Williams and Founding Co-Artistic Director of the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans, will join the cast and director Alison Tanney after tomorrow night's virtual reading of the classic THE GLASS MENAGERIE, presented by Play Reading Fridays.
by Stephi Wild - May 22, 2020
Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner has been tapped to star as matriarch Amanda Wingfield in the Actors Fund 'Friday Night Play Reading' series, created by Alison Tanney and Tim Realbuto.
by Stephi Wild - May 21, 2021
With Lucinda Coxon's Herding Cats opening last night at Soho Theatre and via live stream until 22 May, New York-based, Olivier-winning, and Tony-nominated OHenry Productions and Stellar, in association with Soho Theatre, today announce the on-demand extension of the run.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2020
Erika Henningsen has been cast as Laura Wingfield in The Actors Fund benefit reading of the Tennessee Williams classic 'The Glass Menagerie.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2020
Contemptible Entertainment is releasing six short films by Neil LaBute. The first two of the films drop today: Sexting, with Julia Stiles, Marin Ireland and Jamie Anderson; and Double or Nothing, with Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David.
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2019
Simple Truth Theatre will present The Commandment, a dark comedy written & performed by Phil Rickaby, & directed by Richard Beaune, and assistant direction from Adrianna Prosser, at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman Ave.) as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, from July 3 - 14, 2019. The Commandment is a comedic solo play, with a surprising emotional punch.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2020
All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged, self-made man who has done a terrible and tragic thing. He framed his business partner for a crime and engineered his own exoneration. Now, his son is about to marry the partner's daughter, the affair is revisited, and his lie of a life is unraveled. In All My Sons, Arthur Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of lies, greed, love, and loss, and demands its audience examine their own social responsibilities to all the sons and daughters of American wars.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 29, 2019
Rising Sun Performance Company (RSPC) under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Akia Squitieri, is pleased to announce their 2019 season. The critically-acclaimed company kicks off their season with an immersive 1920's themed speakeasy on April 13 at South Oxford Space, Brooklyn.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 14, 2019
The AA Arts Incubator Program of Asian Improv Arts Midwest (AIRMW) is pleased to announce that its historic series, 'Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings,' continues with its second reading in 2019. The next reading is the comedic full length play Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon by Matthew C. Yee, Monday, May 13, at the Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N Halsted St, at 6:30 p.m. The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $8 for general admission seating and may be reserved online at Seating is limited. For any additional information about the event, go to or call 773.972.6745.
by Bruce Apar - Jun 19, 2019
Among Mr. LaBute's best known works for stage and screen are the award-winning feature film In the Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Nurse Betty, Reasons to Be Pretty, and The Shape of Things.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 8, 2021
The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that The Lamplighter, a new musical with a book by Sara Porkalob, music and lyrics by Justin Huertas, and story by Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland, Huertas, and Porkalob, concludes the trio of Musical Radio Plays it will produce in its 2020/21 digital season.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 30, 2020
Grammy Award nominee Jawan M. Jackson, who originated the role of Melvin Franklin in Broadway's AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, has been tapped to play the role of Jake in Theresa Rebeck's comedy THE UNDERSTUDY for Play Reading Fridays.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2020
Lesli Margherita (Matilda; Dames At Sea) and Andrew Kober (Hair; School of Rock) will star as Roxanne and Harry, respectively, in Play Reading Fridays' production of Theresa Rebeck's comedy a?oeThe Understudya?? benefiting The Actors Fund.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 21, 2020
Previously announced Ashley Loren (Moulin Rouge!; Jekyll & Hyde) will no longer star as Christina in Play Reading Fridays' production of 'Red Light Winter' benefiting The Actors Fund. Ms. Loren had to leave the production due to a last minute family emergency.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 20, 2020
Joe Carroll (Bandstand; Once the musical) and Ashley Loren (Moulin Rouge!; Jekyll & Hyde) will star as Matt and Christina, respectively, in Play Reading Fridays' production of a?oeRed Light Wintera?? benefiting The Actors Fund. It will be directed by Alison Tanney. Casting for the role of Davis will be announced shortly.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 22, 2020
a?oeBack the Nighta?? by award-winning playwright Melinda Lopeza?"the 2019-20 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston Collegea?"will launch the spring season at the University's Robsham Theater Arts Center in a production directed by Boston-based director and educator Pascale Florestal in the Bonn Studio on January 23-26.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2020
Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre, today announced it has invited ten New York City-based cultural institutions to join 100 Years |100 Women, a two-part, multidisciplinary initiative marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Together, this cohort of institutionsa?"which includes the Apollo Theater; The Juilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Womena?"is commissioning one hundred artists who self-identify as women to respond to this significant anniversary.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 19, 2020
After a sell-out Australian premiere season in 2017, the critically-acclaimed production of Joanna Murray-Smith's AMERICAN SONG Comes To Glen Street Theatre at Belrose on Sydney's Northern Beaches from 26 a?" 28 March.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 18, 2020
At its fourth annual a?oeCulture in a Changing Americaa?? symposium on Saturday, Park Avenue Armory, together with lead partner National Black Theatre and nine additional   New York City-based cultural institutions, announced the lead group of artists they commissioned as part of the 100 Years | 100 Women initiative. In addition to the Armory and National Black Theatre, the commissioning institutions are : Apollo Theater; The Julliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 18, 2019
Tony Award-nominated playwright Neil LaBute, joined the cast and director of A DARK DARK HOUSE for a post-show discussion on Sunday, December 15. Theatre and Opera scenic designer Andromache Chalfant, moderated.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 11, 2019
Tony Award-nominated Reasons to Be Pretty playwright Neil LaBute will join the cast and director for a talkback following the performance of his play, In a Dark Dark House, on Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm. Andromache Chalfant (set designer for theatre & opera) will moderate.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 7, 2020
In an effort to help small professional theater companies in St. Louis as well as those across the nation to pay their bills until they can safely reopen, the St. Louis Actors' Studio announced today the creation of the Small Professional Theatre Sustainment Fund.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 5, 2019
The Daydream Theatre and TheatreLab NYC present DITKO, a play Written & Directed by Lenny Schwartz on October 1 & 2nd 2019 at 7:30pm Tickets: $15 in advance at and $20 at the door the location of TheatreLab is 357 WEST 36th STREET 3RD FLOOR - NEW YORK
by Stephi Wild - Aug 26, 2020
Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen), Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera), and Kenita Miller (Once On This Island) will star in Play Reading Fridays' production of Donald Margulies' dark comedy a?oeDinner With Friendsa??, benefiting The Actors Fund. It will be directed by Alison Tanney. The role of Gabe will be cast shortly. 
by Stephi Wild - Aug 11, 2020
Nick Gaswirth (The Great Comet; Wicked), Tim Realbuto (Yes; Assassins), and Laurissa 'Lala' Romain (South Pacific; The 8th) will star in Play Reading Fridays' production of Neil LaBute's a?oeIn A Dark Dark Housea?? benefiting The Actors Fund. It will be directed by Alison Tanney.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 8, 2019
Rising Sun Performance Company's Founding Artistic Director Akia announced today that they will be bringing back its annual fan favorite for its 8th year.  'Shhh... It's a Speakeasy' will make its return on Saturday April 13th for one night only. 
by Julie Musbach - Apr 4, 2019
Award-winning Rising Sun Performance Company (RSPC), under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Akia Squitieri, presents the New York Premiere John Patrick Bray's critically acclaimed new play, Friendly's Fire. The limited run plays May 3 - 19 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Associate Artistic Director Anna Hogan directs.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 30, 2019
Since classical times, artists have always had to reconcile the demands of their patrons with their own artistic integrity.  In the 21st century, the patrons' demands can come from both the left and right. 'Zen A.M.,' a new comedy by Natalie Menna, illustrates the conundrum, nesting it in present-day issues of class identification, compassion, cultural identity and creative resistance.  Theater for the New City will present the world premiere of the piece May 31 to June 16, directed by Andrew Block.
by Student Blogger: Kyle Ronkin - Apr 28, 2021
I was a bit sad ahead of rehearsal because it was such a beautiful day outside and I was going to be stuck inside all day, but it felt just as beautiful to be inside the theatre with my friends creating theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2020
Playwright and director Neil LaBute will join the cast of the upcoming reading of a??The Shape of Thingsa?? for a post-show Q&A moderated by director/producer Alison Tanney.
by Alex Freeman - Apr 26, 2021
One thing is certain: the performing arts will be a changed industry as we come out of the other side of the pandemic. From changes in business model, to new budget priorities to deal with potential shortfalls, to a deeper understanding of the ways the industry has failed in DEI efforts in the past, there will be few, if any, institutions that come back as the same institution they were before. That isn't a guarantee that this change is going to be all for the positive, and no matter what, there will continue to be growing pains as groups across the industry grapple with the way things were, the way they want things to be, and the way things are. This week, we have stories of the new generation of leaders coming to the fore in the midst of this upheaval, stories of cities starting to get their performing arts industries open again, and a look at how the industry has shifted over the past year, and where it can go from here.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 25, 2020
A special one-night only virtual reading of Neil LaBute's THE SHAPE OF THINGS will be held on Friday, May 8th at 7:00 PM EST.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 24, 2019
Kat Stewart (Offspring) stars as the audacious and spontaneous Georgie opposite Peter Kowitz (Janet King) as routine-loving Alex in the Australian premiere of Heisenberg, directed by Tom Healey (The Spook).
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 23, 2019
The Queens Theatre may cause a stir when it premieres Relic, or, I Was Bubbie's Favorite by Joel Feinman (as told to Lojo Simon), an outrageous new comedy by playwright Lojo Simon and directed by Will Pomerantz, that explores the cult of celebrity, religion and idolatry in modern times. The play, set in the Queens neighborhood of Rego Park, revolves around an out-of-work actor who finds what purports to be the world's greatest relic in his grandmother's attic, offering him the fame and fortune he always sought. He discovers, however, that it may not be all he wants! Performances will be held Friday, May 10th through Sunday, May 19th (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays).
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2021
Mayor Bill de Blasio held a media event recently, where he talked about visiting the off-Broadway production of A Perfect Crime, which recently reopened at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 2, 2019
Kevin Stevens, who currently stars as Leonard in the Off-Broadway musical parody of the hit TV show THE BIG BANG THEORY, will appear as a special guest vocalist alongside Tim Realbuto in his upcoming April 18th concert at The Triad Theatre in New York City. He joins previously announced special guests Gabi Faye, Hannah Howzdy, and Erin Leddy.
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 15, 2020
With her MAC Award-nominated debut CD, Jennifer Roberts makes the bold statement that she is here. Here's hoping she stays.