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Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. By Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani. Dirs. LaBute and Calvani. With ensemble cast. 1hr 50mins. One intermission.

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Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. By Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani. Dirs. LaBute and Calvani. With ensemble cast. 1hr 50mins. One intermission.

 (Photograph: Steven Schreiber)
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Photograph: Steven Schreiber

Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. By Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani. Dirs. LaBute and Calvani. With ensemble cast. 1hr 50mins. One intermission.

 (Photograph: Steven Schreiber)
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Photograph: Steven Schreiber

Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. By Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani. Dirs. LaBute and Calvani. With ensemble cast. 1hr 50mins. One intermission.

Three playwrights—American Neil LaBute, Italian Marco Calvani and Spanish Marta Buchaca—direct one another's one-act plays in the third edition of this La MaMa series. The theme this time is "power"; the starry cast includes Margaret Colin, Victor Slezak and the inimitable Richard Kind.

 

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Marta M

I saw "Desire" yesterday, a show  featuring two plays, the first by LaBute and the second by Calvani. At a first glance the two plays have little in common beside the fact that there are a man and a woman and that both plays are about "desire", about relationships. But there is more: a constant feeling of threat. I don't want to be too specific because I don't want to ruin it for you, but for the whole time I was hoping nobody got hurt - not only emotionally but physically as well. 

I keep thinking about what I saw last night: this is one of those theater events that keep buzzing in your head: the actors were great, the dialogue was funny and heartbreaking, the characters were incredibly believable in trying to hide their vulnerabilities. This is the second time I see LaBute and Calvani direct each other at La Mama. If you missed the first one, go and catch this: you won't regret it.