The Distance from Here: A Play

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Overlook Press, Mar 1, 2003 - Drama - 128 pages
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No American playwright has written more compellingly about the subtle ways in which people inflict pain on each other than Neil LaBute. His films In the Company of Menand Your Friends and Neighborsboth gained critical renown for their biting satire and caustic wit. Now, with The Distance from Here, he has written his most riveting play yet, an intense look at the dark side of American suburbia. With little to occupy their time other than finding a decent place to hang out--the zoo, the mall, the school parking lot--Darrell and Tim are two American teenagers who lack any direction or purpose in their lives. When Darrell's suspicion about the faithlessness of his girlfriend is confirmed and Tim comes to her defense, there is nothing to brake their momentum as all three speed toward disaster.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A depressing look at the emptiness of life in the modern world. The message is a bit distorted, however, by the extremeness of the individuals he uses to make his point. Two teenage boys drift through ... Read full review


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Neil LaBute's first film, In the Company of Men, received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best feature and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also written and directed Your Friends and Neighborsand the forthcoming The Shape of Things, and directed Nurse Betty and the soon- to-be released Possession. His other plays include Bash, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, Sanguinarians and Sycophants, Rounder, and Ravages.

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