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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Can someone honestly love a person whom they have deceived for thirty years? This is the central question behind Wrecks, Neil LaBute's latest foray into the dark side of human nature. Meet Edward Carr: loving father, successful businessman, grieving widower. In this concise powerhouse of a play, LaBute limns the boundaries of love, exploring the limits of what society will ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Faber & Faber
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hmmm, Bastion was right. This collection of quickly-writen-for-famous friends-to-play monologues was below average in every facet it lacked. Dull, Dull, rehashed LaDullness. Oh, well I like his full lengths even when they are predictable!
Sep 04, 2012 Danya rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A wonderful collection of plays and monologues from a very talented playwright. Some pieces in this were truly stellar-- I especially liked 'Liar's Club' and 'Coax', although 'Love at Twenty' was also very good. They were all well done, and all rather thought provoking. Even the ones I didn't like very much, like 'Stand-up,' made me pause and think about things. I honestly can't offer that much specific criticism: overall, it's an excellent collection, but I feel as though there was something mi ...more
Wrecks is a one-man monologue, an even harder sell than a short story. It is a short, easy piece that relies very much on a single punch line near the end. For that, you hear or read a long spiel by a used-car rental salesperson about his consuming passion for his recently deceased wife.

The writing is neither especially poetic nor humorous. One sits waiting for the punch line that must be coming to justify all this. If the punch line leaves you underwhelmed or unsurprised, there is very little
The main play, Wrecks, is clever in that dark Neil LaBute way. I'm proud to say that the twist began dawning on me a few pages before the ultimate reveal, and I was appropriately horrified and thrilled at the same time.

The rest of the plays, mostly one-offs involving one or two characters, are a mixed bag. Few are as elaborately clever as Wrecks, and its trademark twists are mostly meta in nature, exploring the fourth wall, and that address grows tiresome after a while. I think I like LaBute's l
2 1/2 stars really. I have to give it to Neil Labute for being good at what he does. You always know that the absurd plot twist is coming, even if you don't usually know where. So the unpredictable becomes highly predictable in a way. So...good for him. That said, some of the other stuff in this collection is just snotty Pirandello-inspired nonsense that gets to be really grating.

I wonder if his view of the world really is that most people are completely two-faced (or at least the people who alw
I liked WRECKS, the main play in this anthology, the most. I liked the others, as well, but I found them all a little samey. I was also annoyed by what I'm going to call "Labute's Overwhelming Need For Shock Value" in every play. I don't like being bowled over with shock at the end of every play that I read; I think ending plays & books that way can be a cheap device, unless done with subtlety. Overall, I liked the plays, though. Good monologue material throughout!
Some really great thought provoking plays - and some more bizarre 1 person plays.
I'm a fan of this compilation of Labute's work. My partner & I performed 'Land of the Dead' from this collection @ ACTF in California and made it to the Semi-finals, so that scene and 'Wrecks' especially holds a special place with me.
Lorma Doone
Writing is top-notch. I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read the preface before the play. Kinda saw the "a-ha" moment coming. But still, another LaBute knockout.
Love the opening monologue...That would be a hard thing to do and LaBute pulls it off admirably. I would love to see Ed Harris do this.
Corinne Wahlberg
shit. these are some fine fine fucked up short plays.
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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
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