Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men Debuts on Stage at Profiles Theatre
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The last date listed for In the Company of Men was Sunday July 28, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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Juliana Smithton is a respected neurologist whose life has recently begun unraveling. Her husband … More
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“[Snyder] has assembled an ideal cast … An ensemble of eight actors creates just the right sense of office politics. And Thad Hallstein’s set (an office men’s room, work cubicles, a bed) allows for seamless transitions.” —Chicago Sun-Times (highly recommended)
“Aside from his mordant wit and whip-fast pace, the director Rick Snyder’s great strength here is in the way that he fleshes out the cubicle Satan and his sidekick, focusing on the moments when the faintest glimpse of compassion or complexity flicker across their brows. That’s the great, underappreciated touchstone in LaBute’s writing: the moments when his odious characters have to bat back their internal human decency … LaBute certainly has made this into a viable and wickedly amusing stage piece.” —Chicago Tribune (3.5 of 4 stars)
Profiles Theatre presents the professional debut production of Neil LaBute’s revised stage play, In the Company of Men_. The script, performed in various incarnations as a play at earlier stages of LaBute’s writing career as both a student and otherwise, was eventually made into the acclaimed film released in 1997 launching the careers of star Aaron Eckhart and Neil LaBute as a filmmaker and playwright. When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, _In the Company of Men created a firestorm of controversy with wildly divergent yet passionate opinions. It received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and The New York Film Critics Award for Best First Feature.
Two frustrated young executives vent their pent-up rage via a childish prank and end up paying a price in this psychological dark comedy. Former college buddies Chad and Howard, now in their late 20s, work for the same company. When the two begin expressing their mutual frustration regarding their lack of rapid advancement at work and their recent bad luck with women, they hatch a nasty scheme: Find a vulnerable young woman to court, slather with affection, and then callously dump. They choose a lovely, hearing-impaired typist named Christine, but soon their scheme creates escalating tension and psychological games not only with hapless Christine, but also with each other.