The Shape of Things
In 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 in ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Perhaps if more time were spent making ...more
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 ...more
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 others to in ...more
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 wa ...more
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 ...more
And I totally saw the ending coming, so I didn't get to enjoy the shock of the revelation. Meh.
BUT I really enjoyed Adam's closing rant about art, re: what made Picasso Picasso.
this book explores the nature of objectivity and disinterestedness. I feel like this is in a lot of ways a very postmodern way to look at existentialism. Sure they are two different realms, but this book seems to cross the lines in some ways.
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