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Profiles Theatre
The Alley Stage & The Main Stage theater complex 4139 - 4147 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60613
773-549-1815
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attended Nov 17 2007

Great experience. I am going back for future events. -Jen

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attended Nov 17 2007

was even better than i had hoped!

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attended Dec 15 2007

Things We Said Today at Profiles is wonderful. Some of Neil LaBute's most sinister work coupled with a sterling cast. It's a winner. A little odd for a Christmas show, but still, a wide array of stories and a good showcase for some fine young...continued

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“At Profiles Theatre, the confessional style of Things We Said Today lends itself beautifully to LaBute’s dramatic incision… The performances are gripping, pitch-perfect and get you right in the gut.” -Chicago Tribune
“Profiles Theatre is having a great run with Neil LaBute…  The entertaining, intimate pieces in Things We Said Today are unsettling with an undercurrent of menace. There’s a cumulative connection to the evening of short works, and it had the audience gasping.” -Copley News Service        __

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Things We Said Today is a provocative collection of six short works by Neil LaBute, who brings to the stage his cutting humor and compelling take on the shadowy terrain of the human heart.

In the first piece, “Stand-Up,” an amateur comic struggles with his new routine. “Land of the Dead” follows a regular couple’s extreme responses to sudden changes in their lives. “Love at Twenty” studies the reverberations set off by a college student’s affair with her married professor, while “Persuasion Paper 101” features a young girl presenting her homework assignment on the problem with guys. “I Love This Game” is a solo piece about a father’s lost perspective on his son’s Little League game. And the titular piece, “Things We Said Today,” follows a married couple’s reckoning in a chic restaurant.

The titular piece of Things We Said Today received its world premiere at the Ensemble Studio Theater’s annual marathon of short plays in June 2007. The New York Times raved: “LaBute knows how to get an audience in the gut and he delivers a simmering pot of marital conflict!” The solo piece “Persuasion Paper 101” is receiving its world premiere with this Profiles production. “Stand-Up” premiered in January 2005 and “Love at Twenty” was produced in December 2005, both for MCC benefits in New York. “Land of the Dead” was first produced in September 2002 as part of the Brave New World Festival in New York. “I Love This Game” was presented in June 2007 as part of Mile Square Theatre’s “The 7th Inning Stretch” in New Jersey.

LaBute said this about the collection, “Things We Said Today is an evening of shorter works that I’m very happy to see collected and performed together for the first time. The series of pieces alternate between monologues and scenes and touch on a number of interesting subjects—everything from Little League baseball to serial killers. Due to the nature of ‘playlets,’ each of these pieces has had a relatively limited life on stage thus far; it is a real pleasure to have these texts presented to a Chicago audience.”

Neil LaBute is an acclaimed writer, director and playwright. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre. His films include “In the Company of Men” (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature, Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), “Your Friends and Neighbors,” “Nurse Betty,” “Possession” and “The Shape of Things,” a film adaptation of his play by the same title. His latest film “Wicker Man,” starring Nicolas Cage, was released in September 2006. Plays include: bash: latter-day plays (2000); The Shape of Things (2001); The Distance From Here (2002); The Mercy Seat (2002) and Fat Pig (2004), which opened at Profiles Theatre in September 2006. His 2005 plays include Wrecks, This Is How It Goes and autobahn (produced by Profiles in March 2006). In June 2007, MCC premiered his latest play, In a Dark, Dark House. LaBute is the author of several fictional pieces that have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Playboy, among others. A collection of his short stories was published by Grove/Atlantic in October 2004.