some girl(s) by Neil LaBute
by Neil LaBute
directed by Ross Jolly
one guy … four exes … four cities …
- one hell of a trip …
starring TOBY LEACH with
JACQUE DREW, RACHEL FORMAN,
DANIELLE MASON, JACQUELINE NAIRN
Some Girl(s), Neil LaBute’s funny, intelligent and sharply entertaining comedy about men, women, love and relationships opens in CIRCA One on Saturday 6th September, and runs until 4th October.
A wickedly amusing, intriguing exposé of the modern male and his take on life, love and success, Some Girl(s) follows a soon-to-be-married writer as he flies across the United States to pay a last visit to four ex-girlfriends before taking the plunge.
By turns humorous, serious, truthful and hilarious Some Girl(s) offers a witty and elegant view of love and betrayal from the brilliant pen of Neil LaBute (Fat Pig, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat) who is acclaimed for his razor-sharp insights into the minefield of romantic relationships.
Some Girl(s) premiered at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End in 2005 (starring David Schwimmer) , and it has gone on to be performed around the globe.
For Circa director, Ross Jolly, Some Girl(s) is a return to one of his favourite playwrights. “I am passionate about the writing of LaBute” he says, “and his ability to create exhilarating, funny, relevant dramas. As LaBute has said, ‘People are pretty damn fascinating anyway, but put them together in couples and they are downright startling to behold’.”
Talking about his play, LaBute says, “Some Girl(s) sprang from a desire to do something a little different: an entertainment made up of a series of duets that features a hearty number of women’s roles and follows the journey of a modern-day Candide as he stumbles through a landscape familiar to most men – the mess he’s made of his romantic life on his way to manhood.”
“I’ve always been an ardent admirer of the cinema of Eric Rohmer, that master chronicler of the nearly farcical sexual escapades of his fellow Parisians, and I suppose Some Girl(s) is my attempt to capture a bit of that gentle, wise, funny spirit on the theatrical stage. Rohmer just seems to get it; in film after film he simply allows people to ‘be’ and then stands back, amused, at the inevitable hijinks that follow.
I hope I have cornered even a bit of his wily, bracing and humane essence.”
Circa’s lineup for Some Girl(s) stars an exciting mix of new and familiar faces …
Toby Leach, who won a Chapman Tripp Best Supporting Actor Award nomination for his portrayal of Carter in the highly successful Fat Pig last year, returns to Circa (and Wellington) to play the part of ‘the man’.
He is joined by Jacque Drew (Shortland Street’s Martha Riley) and Jacqueline Nairn (The Women), both of whom have come down from Auckland especially for this production, Rachel Forman (Blackbird) making her Circa 1 debut, and Danielle Mason, who was last seen in Love Song in Circa 2.
“LaBute … an original voice … a genius” (New Yorker)
“Some Girl(s) exposes the selfish motivations behind saying sorry … LaBute’s vignettes of man behaving badly and his probing emotional scars will make almost everybody, male and female, wince with recognition” (Independent on Sunday)
“Highlights the gaps that exist even between those who have been so close, the way in which two sides of the same story can clash so unexpectedly” (Sunday Times)
“LaBute is excellent at capturing the mixture of embarrassment and exhilaration that attends such attempts to revisit the past” (Daily Telegraph)
“Some Girl(s) will delight women and make men squirm” (Daily Telegraph)
“A great evening’s entertainment” (Radio 2)
Opens SATURDAY 6TH September at
and runs until 4th October
PREVIEW - Friday 5th September –
$20 SUNDAY SPECIAL - Sunday 7th September – 4pm
FORUM NIGHT - Tuesday 9th September
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm
Adults - $38; Concessions - $30; Friends of Circa - $28
Under 25s - $20; Groups 6+ s- $32
BOOKINGS Circa Theatre 1 Taranaki
Phone 801 7992 www.circa.co.nz