The World According to LaBute: This Is How It Goes Begins at Public

News   The World According to LaBute: This Is How It Goes Begins at Public Neil LaBute's latest merciless examination of the human race, This Is How It Goes, will begin previews at the Public Theater on March 11, one day later than expected, owing to a recent cast change.
Ben Stiller
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In his recent Fat Pig, LaBute looked at what can happen to a guy when he choses to date a woman who is less than svelte. In This Is How It Goes—the title of which has the fatalistic ring of the past LaBute work The Shape of Things—he trains his eye on a small town in America for what is billed as a "new tale of manipulation, exploitation, race and infidelity," through "the story of an interracial love triangle."

The triangle is created by the starry cast combination of Ben Stiller, Amanda Peet and Jeffrey Wright.

Amanda Peet last week stepped into the part for which Marisa Tomei was previously announced. Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, seen on Broadway in Salome and Wait Until Dark, left due to "personal family reasons."

Public producer George C. Wolfe (who is exiting the downtown Manhattan not-for-profit to be replaced by Oskar Eustis) directs the play, set for a March 11-April 10 run. Opening is March 27.

Peet is known for supporting roles in such films as "Something's Gotta Give," "The Whole Nine Yards," and "Igby Goes Down." Stiller is widely known for his comedic turns in such films as "Meet The Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "The Cable Guy" and "Reality Bites" — directing the latter two. The son of fellow stage veterans Jerry Stiller (Hurlyburly) and Anne Meara (Anna Christie), he has been seen on stage in the Lincoln Center Theater production of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, which began Off-Broadway in 1986 before transferring to Broadway.

Wright has starred on Broadway in Angels in America and Topdog/Underdog, and in Central Park in Julius Caesar. His screen credits include "Shaft" and the television movie of "Angels."

LaBute — the scribe behind bash and The Shape of Things — will debut a new solo work, Wrecks, at the Everyman Palace Theatre in southern Ireland's Cork this fall. He also contributed one acts to the recent inaugural Tribeca Theatre Festival and the upcoming MCC Theatre benefit.

Director Wolfe — who directed the upcoming HBO Films version of Lackawanna Blues — is also set to stage Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream this summer — his first Delacorte Theatre assignment since the 1997 mounting of the Bernstein-Comden-Green musical On the Town.

Tickets to This Is How It Goes, at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, are on sale Feb. 18. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.