Profile: Drama, Spirituality, Religion
I read about fifty plays every year. Some for the first time. Many for the third or fourth times. It comes with the job of coaching high school speech and debate. As a general rule, I don’t let these plays (and assorted other things) count toward my review goals, mostly because a lot of them are ten minute scenes, but also because there is a difference between reading for work and reading for pleasure. I rarely treat a potential speech piece the way I do an epic fantasy, or a piece of popular nonfiction. But every once in a while, something will overlap.
Neil LaBute has always been intriguing to me. I’m particularly fond of his short play, Iphigenia in Orem out of the “Bash” compilation. LaBute never lets the uncomfortable topic get in the way of telling a story, and the scenes are all the more compelling for forcing the audience to confront these terrible situations. I could go on, but most of what needs to be said about his provocative style can be found in other, more professional reviews and criticism.