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Profiles Theatre
4139-4147 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60613
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 18 members
Review from Taxlady

The cast was very entertaining, nice story line. A few uncomfortable moments in the script (ie. love scene, etc.) The store front-esque venue is unexpectedly small.

reviewed Jan 14 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from LeeZee

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

reviewed Jan 27 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Chris Arnold

I feel the actors/director/and design team missed the point.

reviewed Jan 24 2008 report as inappropriate
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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.”

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