Stage Review

This Is How It Goes (2005)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Opening Date: Mar 27, 2005; Lead Performances: Amanda Peet and Ben Stiller; Writer: Neil LaBute; Director: George C. Wolfe

It goes something like this: The prolific Neil LaBute (Bash, The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, probably another one by the time you read this) wanted to write a play about race. Then he wanted to write a play about gender. Then he taped the two ideas together and put it on stage at the Public Theater. Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Peet bring a lot of energy to this obverse, perverse Othello, which trades the Cyprian wars for simmering suburban tension. But the play's agonized ''shocks'' and ''twists'' reveal, as never before, something rigged and immature about LaBute's fashionably dim view of human nature.

C+

Originally posted Apr 18, 2005 Published in issue #816 Apr 22, 2005 Order article reprints
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