Neil LaBute's Edgy THIS IS HOW IT GOES at Profiles Theatre
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The classic computer game The Oregon Trail gets a delightfully faithful stage adaptation -- bandits, dysentery and all. Known for their witty wizardly mash-up A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions' latest musical comedy The Trail To Oregon! follows a dysfunctional pioneer family as they fight their way cross-country by covered wagon, hunting, fording rivers and battling snakes, measles, typhoid and other dangers every step of the way. While those who grew up playing the The Oregon Trail game will delight in seeing its unintentionally hilarious grim scenarios unfold onstage, everyone at this show will revel in StarKid's side-splitting show tunes and razor-sharp dialogue. Learn More
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Neil Labute has a singular voice when it comes to human relationships. He has his characters say what is very often unsaid both obliquely and directly. He looks through a mirror darkly, but there are always reflections of light and revelation. The...continued
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""Highly Recommended! LaBute’s play has a lot of sting and nothing is as it seems!" —Chicago Tribune
“Recommended! LaBute’s fast-paced, compelling drama and perfectly cast actors keep you guessing every step of the way!” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Highly Recommended! Profiles delivers with scary precision!” —Chicago Reader
“Critics’ Pick! A really superior and riveting production!” —WBEZ
From the theatre company that brought you the critically acclaimed premieres of FAT PIG, SOME GIRL, and THINGS WE SAID TODAY, Profiles Theatre continues its “Season of LaBute” with the Midwest Premiere of THIS IS HOW IT GOES.
Belinda and Cody Phipps appear to be a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts, children, luxurious home. Typical except that Cody is black—“rich, black, and different,” in the words of Belinda, who finds herself attracted to a former white classmate. As the battle for her affections is waged, Belinda and Cody frankly doubt the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to a swath of bigotry and betrayal. Staged on continually shifting moral ground that challenges our perceived notions about gender, ethnicity, and even love itself, THIS IS HOW IT GOES unblinkingly explores the myriad ways in which the wild card of race is played by both black and white in America.
The Profiles production of THIS IS HOW IT GOES marks the American premiere of this version of the script. This particular version received its World Premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in London, directed by Moises Kauffman, in May 2005. An earlier version premiered at The Public Theatre in March 2005 featuring Ben Stiller, Amanda Peet and Jeffrey Wright. LaBute calls THIS IS HOW IT GOES* “*a meditation on truth (the many versions of it that we offer up to different people)” and an exploration of “how racism still affects all of us on a simple, daily level.”