Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Jordan Wonnacott is is the "young woman" in "medea redux," the last part of Neil LaBute's "Bash," May 4-11 at Holladay City Hall in a production by Holladay Arts. Courtesy Courtesy Beth Bruner
Neil LaBute’s dark, dark ‘Bash’
Utah theater » “Bash: Latter Day Plays” takes on uncomfortable themes in high theater style.
First Published May 03 2012 08:56 am • Last Updated May 03 2012 08:56 am

"Bash: Latter Day Plays" is a trio of monologue performances by Neil LaBute with lowercase titles in an almost macabre dramatic vein. It’s not the sort of theater you want to conjure for a first date. But it is the sort of theater that’s bound to start conversation, or even an argument.

It all starts with "iphigenia in orem," about a man who suffocates his daughter—to death, naturally—after the slightest of workplace rumors that he might lose his job. In the second installment, "a gaggle of saints," we watch as the young couple of John and Sue move through the motions of engagements all without speaking to one another, and only after John helps beat a gay man to death in Central Park. Finally, in "medea redux," we hear from a young woman who relates a sexual relationship with her high school teacher that bore a child. In true LaBute fashion, and after she’s married, she visits the home of her teacher to describe how she murdered the child.

At a glance

“Bash: Latter Day Plays”

When » May 4-11, 7 p.m.

Where » Big Cottonwood Room of Holladay City Hall, 4580 S. 2300 East, Holladay

Info » $5-$10. Call 801-953-3250 or visit www.holladayarts.com

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Mini dramas of infanticide and gay bashing aren’t everyone’s cup of strong tea, but neither is LaBute. If your tastes tend toward these all the same, you might want to get a stiff belt of bourbon afterward so you and your date can get a little pit of post-theater peace.

bfulton@sltrib.com

Twitter:@Artsalt

Facebook.com/nowsaltlake




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.