This is How it Goes

  • Genre: Drama
    Opened 31 May 2005
    Written: by Neil LaBute
    Directed: Moises Kaufman
    Cast: Ben Chaplin, Megan Dodds ,Idris Elba
    Synopsis: Set in small-town America, Neil LaBute's new play puts race and infidelity under the microscope.

    What the critics had to say.....
    NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I begin to be irritated by elements of the formulaic, contrived and repetitive in the work of the fashionable American dramatist Neil LaBute. Each comedy flashes a sting in its comic tale - and tail - or a neat twist at the climax. " MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Well directed by Moises Kaufman, the play offers a taut 90 minutes...I haven't enjoyed a LaBute piece quite so much since In The Company of Men." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Despite some characteristically bruising moments, this unashamedly entertaining play looked like a bid for mainstream commercial success - accessible, funny, and as close as LaBute is ever likely to get to a conventional romantic comedy." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Its odd if absorbing plot means that it’s more evasive than LaBute’s usual work. ALEKS SIERZ for THE STAGE says,"A knowing, wickedly humorous and highly intelligent examination of love in a climate of racism....this sizzling tale is one of the most exciting pieces of theatre on the London stage."

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    The Guardian
    The Stage
    Daily Telegraph
    The Times

    Production photo by Manuel Harlan

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