Neil LaBute's dark and murderous bash makes its way to Georgia's Theatre in the Square April 4, where the three short plays, all part-drama, part sick comedy, run on the Alley Stage through April 22. Atlanta actor Alan Kirkpatrick directs.
Playwright-film director LaBute, known for his harsh, dark movies, "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors," penned three one-acts on the subject of morality, and the 1999 Off Broadway premiere starring Calista Flockhart, Paul Rudd and Ron Eldard, was a hot ticket. bash, which the Mormon LaBute subtitled "latter-day plays," includes Medea Redux, in which a Midwestern woman confesses a tale of seduction and betrayal to her son, on his way to meet his father for the first time; Iphegenia in Orem, in which a corporate husband and father confesses an unspeakable act of cruelty to a stranger in a hotel room; and A Gaggle of Saints, a memory piece about fresh-faced American youths, who, after an evening party in Manhattan, brutally attack a gay man.
Hugh Adams, Jen Apgar, Joan Croker and Christopher Graham star in bash. Adams appeared in the Square's The Front Page and Apgar in the recent production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
Tickets are $10-$15. The Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. For reservations, call (770) 422-8369. Theatre in the Square is on the web at http://www.theatreinthesquare.com.
— By Christine Ehren
and Kenneth Jones