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Autobahn : A Short-Play Cycle - Neil LaBute

Autobahn

A Short-Play Cycle

Paperback Published: 3rd January 2005
ISBN: 9780571211104
Number Of Pages: 112

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"Sitting in an automobile was where I first remember understanding how drama works...Hidden in the back seat of a sedan, I quickly realized how deep the chasm or intense the claustrophobia could be inside your average family car." --Neil LaBute
Be it the medium for clandestine couplings, arguments, shelter, or ultimately transportation, the automobile is perhaps the most authentically American of spaces. In "Autobahn," Neil LaBute's provocative new collection of one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat, the playwright employs his signature plaintive insight to great effect, investigating the inchoate apprehension that surrounds the steering wheel. Each of these seven brief vignettes explore the ethos of perception and relationship--from a make-out session gone awry to a kidnapping thinly disguised as a road trip, a reconnaissance mission involving the rescue of a Nintendo 64 to a daughter's long ride home after her release from rehab. The result is an unsettling montage that gradually reveals the scabrous force of words left unsaid while illuminating the delicate interplay between intention and morality, capturing the essence of middle America and the myriad paths which cross its surface.
Neil LaBute is a critically acclaimed writer-director for both the stage and screen. His works include the plays "The Distance from Here" and "bash: latterday plays" and the films "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," and "Possession," as well as the play and film adaptation of "The Shape of Things." Be it the medium for clandestine couplings, arguments, shelter, or ultimately transportation, the automobile is perhaps the most authentically American of spaces. In "Autobahn," Neil LaBute's provocative new collection of one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat, the playwright employs his signature plaintive insight to great effect, investigating the inchoate apprehension that surrounds the steering wheel.
Each of these seven brief vignettes explores the ethos of perception and relationship--from a make-out session gone awry to a kidnapping thinly disguised as a road trip, from a reconnaissance mission involving the rescue of a Nintendo 64 to a daughter's long ride home after her release from rehab. The result is an unsettling montage that gradually reveals the scabrous force of words left unsaid while illuminating the delicate interplay between intention and morality, capturing the essence of Middle America and the myriad paths that cross its surface.
"There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute."--John Lahr, "The New Yorker"
"LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard--since Edward Albee, actually--to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power."--Donald Lyones, "New York Post"
"Perhaps it's time we stop thinking of LaBute as a mere "provocateur," a label that condescends to an artist of grand ambtion and a nimble facility with language."--Jason Zinoman, "Time Out New York"

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There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute. "There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute." --John Lahr, The New Yorker

"Neil LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard--since Edward Albee, actually to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power." --Donald Lyons, New York Post

"LaBute [is] our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin-sick souls." --John Istel, American Theatre There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute. "John Lahr, The New Yorker"

Neil LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard--since Edward Albee, actually to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power. "Donald Lyons, New York Post"

LaBute [is] our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin-sick souls. "John Istel, American Theatre"" "There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute." --John Lahr, "The New Yorker"

"Neil LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard--since Edward Albee, actually to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power." --Donald Lyons, "New York Post"

"LaBute [is] our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin-sick souls." --John Istel, "American Theatre"

ISBN: 9780571211104
ISBN-10: 0571211100
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 3rd January 2005
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.11

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