The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things A startling dissection of cruelty and artistic creation from the author of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and NeighborsIn a modern version of Adam s seduction by Eve The Shape of Things pits

  • Title: The Shape of Things
  • Author: Neil LaBute
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  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • A startling dissection of cruelty and artistic creation from the author of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and NeighborsIn a modern version of Adam s seduction by Eve, The Shape of Things pits gentle, awkward, overweight Adam against experienced, analytical, amoral Evelyn, a graduate student in art After a chance meeting at a museum, Evelyn and Adam embark on an inA startling dissection of cruelty and artistic creation from the author of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and NeighborsIn a modern version of Adam s seduction by Eve, The Shape of Things pits gentle, awkward, overweight Adam against experienced, analytical, amoral Evelyn, a graduate student in art After a chance meeting at a museum, Evelyn and Adam embark on an intense relationship that causes shy and principled Adam to go to extraordinary lengths, including cosmetic surgery, and a betrayal of his best friend, to improve his appearance and character In the process, Evelyn s subtle and insistent coaching results in a reconstruction of Adam s fundamental moral character Only in a final and shocking exhibition does Evelyn reveal the nature of her interest in Adam, of her detached artist s perspective and sense of authority to her, Adam is no than flesh one of the most perfect materials on earth Natural, beautiful, and malleable Labute s latest work is an intense and disturbing study not only of the uses of power within human relationships, but also of the ethics involved in the relationship of art and life To what extent is an artist licensed to shape and change her medium or to alter the work of another artist What is acceptable artistic material At what point does creation become manipulation, and at what point does creation destroy Or, is the new Adam, handsome and confident if heart broken, an admirable result of the most challenging artistic endeavor The Shape of Things challenges society s most deeply entrenched ideas about art, manipulation, and love.

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    • Neil LaBute

      Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.Born in Detroit, Michigan, LaBute was raised in Spokane, Washington He studied theater at Brigham Young University BYU , where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints At BYU he also met actor Aaron Eckhart, who would later play leading roles in several of his films He produced a number of plays that pushed the envelope of what was acceptable at the conservative religious university, some of which were shut down after their premieres LaBute also did graduate work at the University of Kansas, New York University, and the Royal Academy of London.In 1993 he returned to Brigham Young University to premier his play In the Company of Men, for which he received an award from the Association for Mormon Letters He taught drama and film at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the early 1990s where he adapted and filmed the play, shot over two weeks and costing 25,000, beginning his career as a film director The film won the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival, and major awards and nominations at the Deauville Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Society of Texas Film Critics Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle.LaBute has received high praise from critics for his edgy and unsettling portrayals of human relationships In the Company of Men portrays two misogynist businessmen one played by Eckhart cruelly plotting to romance and emotionally destroy a deaf woman His next film Your Friends Neighbors 1998 , with an ensemble cast including Eckhart and Ben Stiller, was a shockingly honest portrayal of the sex lives of three suburban couples In 2000 he wrote an off Broadway play entitled Bash Latter Day Plays, a set of three short plays Iphigenia in orem, A gaggle of saints, and Medea redux depicting essentially good Latter day Saints doing disturbing and violent things One of the plays was a much talked about one person performance by Calista Flockhart This play resulted in his being disfellowshipped from the LDS Church He has since formally left the LDS Church.LaBute s 2002 play The Mercy Seat was one of the first major theatrical responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks Set on September 12, it concerns a man who worked at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack with his mistress Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers collapse, he contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover Starring Liev Schreiber and Sigourney Weaver, the play was a commercial and critical success.LaBute s latest film is The Wicker Man, an American version of a British cult classic His first horror film, it starred Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn and was released on September 1, 2006 by Warner Bros Pictures to scathing critical reviews and mediocre box office.He is working with producer Gail Mutrux on the screen adaptation of The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.

    849 thoughts on “The Shape of Things

    • By the end of the play, I felt no sympathy for anyone. Not to be confused with being drawn in to a character and having a personal dislike of said character. This was more a disinterest in the characters as each was a two-dimensional caricature for different aspects of gender binaries. Evelyn comes off less like an engaging, emotionally distant, woman, and more like an unintelligible mashup of every middle-school insecurity a heterosexual man would have about women. Adam is such the model of the [...]


    • What I loved about this play was the no one comes out unscathed. Each of the characters story arc is complex and you are never really sure of their motives. The role of Evelyn is without doubt one of the best female roles I have read on the page and seen on the screen. She can be played as the cool heartless bitch but there is always the opportunity to bring some empathy to her. You should be left wondering at the end whether she ever did care for Adam or not. I love LaBute's writing, it is hone [...]


    • I had to read "The shape of things" by Neil Labute for my English class.Before we started reading it, we had the topic "gender roles", so the play is a bit about it. It's also about art, about friendship and love and hate nad the things going this these things.Story:But mainly, it's focus is on the change of Adam, one of the four characters. When he meets Evelyn, he changes a lot, on the outside and on the inside. His friends, Jenny and Phillip, are suspicous of this whole new Adam, and they bla [...]


    • Have you ever been given a lecture about not giving in to peer pressure, or how any relationship in which your significant other pressures you to leave healthy friendships in the dust is not a relationship you should be in? Congratulations. You already have almost all of the useful lessons you might possibly be able to glean from this terrible play without having to read this terrible play. The main character, Adam, is an average Joe, desperate for love. Suddenly this beautiful art student start [...]


    • The play was cliched, uninteresting, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I tried to like, understand, and relate to the characters, but they were bland and caricatured to the point that they were nothing more than Saturday morning cartoon characters with a pointless misadventure disguised as a plot. The worst Michael Cera characters still have more interesting qualities than the characters in this play. The dialogue was laughable at best, abysmal at worst.Perhaps if more time were spent making [...]


    • Ah- Labute's Breadwinner. The Shape of Things- I knew about this play for so long after first hearing a bad review of it- and keeping off my 'To Read' list for the longest time. I would stand in Southern Utah Universities Audio/Visual Library in the basement just holding the DVD copy and trying to talk myself into renting it- well I finally did and adored it!The play itself is an answer (not really) to a long debated argument of what Art really is/can be. It's true, it really doesn't provide 'an [...]


    • Really interesting concept that really makes you think about all the questions it brings up. Evelyn and Adam are very well-constructed characters and the plot is really well done, one hardly expects that big twist at the end. Quite the impactful play.


    • Wow, what a brutally honest play. This cuts deep into everyone's conscience since so many people have low self esteem. I began to really hate the female lead and felt more and more sympathy for the male lead because he didn't even realize what was happening. He just thought he was in love.



    • this was better than I thought it was going to be! I have to read it for a class and I'm glad I'm in this play. its a great look at the lines of art and what should be considered art. I'm impressed.


    • Neil LaBute is the Fox news of playwrights. (He wants to titillate and then wag his finger at you for being titillated.)



    • I don’t knowI have real love/ hate relationship with LaBute, and you can see the big reveal a mile await, butI have a feeling that if done well, this could land a real knock-out punch. I’m filing it away for further consideration.



    • What a cruel play. I really enjoyed dissecting this play from the obvious semiotics, to the interaction between characters. Just shows to what lengths some may go in the name of Art.





    • “The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.” – Guy Dubord, “The Society of the Spectacle”What is art? Who decides? And, how far should artistic creation be permitted to go? What about consequences?Images. We all attempt to construct an image to portray to the world. And, with the onset of reality entertainment, we have begun to recognize the production of images on a whole new level. But, are we fully aware of the attempts of ot [...]


    • On the surface, this play seems to criticize the American obsession with perfection. Evelyn transpasses a line when she first meets Adam, by stepping over the robe at the museum. It is also the first time she transpasses the moral lines, because she decorates an ancient sculpture and she, silently, starts to work on her new project, Adam. Both these morally questionable actions are painted in a devilish red: she vandalizes the sculpture with red paint, which she also uses to spray her number int [...]


    • My heart ached for Adam in a way that is hard to explain. But what I can say is that I really really enjoyed reading it. It held my attention throughout and I found the characters deeply interesting.


    • Sweet Jiminy Jahosephat, my recent reading ofThe Magusmade me remember just what I love and hate about LaBute.It is that he pulls people in better than anyone else. He urges compassion and sympathy with humanity. And then he slams the door in the face of everyone who feels that way and sneeringly laughs alongside his rogues gallery of smiling sociopaths.I did the first scene with a friend for a drama class, and we were both so compelled that we read the whole thing in one sitting. Once it was ov [...]


    • I like reading the scripts of LaBute's plays/films - though some don't quite sing without the performances attached. The Shape of Things is great, but it's so cold, so brutal on the page. I like that. But the filmed version was better.


    • senang cerita, ini adalah sebuah buku script teater (play) yg sangat mengancam minda (ye ke? sikit la) aku sebenarnya tak boleh bayang macamana script ni boleh diterjemah ke pentas (bukan org teater) yg pasti walaupun nampak kompleks dari penggunaan kata, kita boleh agak apa yang terjadi. ini yg dinamakan socialization atas nama seni. pelajar luar negara nampaknya suka bermain seni dengan mengambil atau mengguna pakai terma-terma psikologi. sementara kita di malaysia masih berlegar dari sudut su [...]


    • WOW! The ending threw me through such a loop! Completely unexpected!I spent all but the very last few pages thinking this was a kind of dull drama about a guy who is dating a girl who is actually really bad for him. I just can't believe how wrong I was about the end. In my opinion, the quality of this play really lies in its close because of how unpredictable it really is. It definitely left me questioning about morals and about whether what happened was truly horrible, or if it was actually a p [...]


    • Intriguing work about subjectivity and art - especially the art of manipulation. As I read, I wanted to hate Evelyn for what she was doing to Adam and everyone around her, but I unwittingly found myself drawn to her - as the rest of the characters do, and I even found myself sympathizing with her, noticing similarities between her and me. Maybe that makes me a bad person, or maybe it's just a mark of how great LaBute's writing is - we connect and sympathize with his "villain" despite ourselves. [...]


    • What an fantastic take on relationships and the dynamics of people. I saw this because one of my friends was mentioning something he had seen about a girl who used the changes she could create as an art project. I was intrigued, and picked up the film with Rachel Weiss and Paul Rudd. I was very impressed with the story, with its characters, with the themes. The manipulation that she puts into place with her boy sparked a debate between my friend and I. Was it immoral of her to do this? I'm still [...]


    • Neil Labute is one of my favorite contemporary playwrights. I think he really speaks to the modern world. This play is a great example of the work he does about self-image. It's really thought provoking and touching. You get attached to the characters and root for the underdog. The dialog flows like a real conversation. the way it's written makes it a little tricky to read at first but after a couple of pages you get into it. Totally worth a read.


    • This play by Neil LaBute is a modern day depiction of Adam's seduction by Eve. The characters are not subtly named. Amoral and analytical Eve seduces Adam and manipulates his emotions in such a way as to get him to go through extraordinary lengths to prove his love to her, though he doesn't seem to notice the changes occurring. By the end of the script Eve, in pursuit of her master's degree, has turned Adam from a shy, awkward, overweight young man to a thing of her design.


    • Probably one of the easiest plays to read only because there is no style or direction notes - it's mere conversations and dialogue, but they are superb. The entire greatness of the play lies on the conversation, and though it speaks simply to how some people wish to change things they don't like about their friends or spouses, the depth of how Evelyn crafts Adam into something entirely different so ruthlessly, is brilliant. One of my favorite plays!


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