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In a Dark Dark House - Revised Edition: A Play

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Two brothers meet on the grounds of a private psychiatric facility. Drew, has been court-confined for observation and has called his older brother, Terry, to corroborate his claim of childhood sexual abuse by a young man from many summers ago. Drew's request releases barely-hidden animosities between the two: Is he using these repressed memories to save himself while smea
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Faber & Faber (first published 2007)
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Jeanne
it's no chekov. but at the end of the thin volume, he included the short story that he wrote prior to the play that inspired it... and i appreciated the process...

but my favorite part was the preface/intro... it was like a peek into the innards of someone...
Tyler Crumrine
The highlight for me was the dialogue. The conversations between the two brothers are spot on, especially the pace at which they reveal information. A short and intense play, but one that manages to move at a fairly leisurely pace. A few obscured details kept me from really loving it, but a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Or at least as much as you can "enjoy" the subject matter.
Mark Botts
Two brothers come to terms with each other and a significant character from their past. Brutal in language and topic, Neil LaBute holds back just long enough to deliver the wallop of a punch - to the gut, the heart, and the brain - that comes when mankind's depravity and desire for love get tangled in youthful ignorance that grows into adult neurosis.
Marshall
Amazingly intense play. The way the story was revealed reminds you what the word "drama" really means. As always the language and interplay of the dialog, along with the subtle hints into the story behind the dialog, makes this play an extremely engaging and almost terrifying experience.
Christopher Hendrix
I don't think the word 'dark' is repeated often enough in the title to encompass everything that is this play.
Neil LaBute can be twisted, but this is painful. This play was born from personal strife and emotional crippling.

And trust me, it makes all the difference.
James
Dude, don't say dude. Always remember, remain nominally beyond shotty teenage vernacular but not implied brotherly incest.
Lorma Doone
Two words: MIND FUCK.
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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...more
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