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In a Forest Dark and Deep

Neil LaBute

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0704-7
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8/27/2013

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Betty and Bobby are sister and brother, but they have little in common. She's a college professor with a prim demeanor, and he's a carpenter with a foul mouth and violent streak. Betty has a history of promiscuity that Bobby won't let her forget, and from their first taunting exchanges there are intimations also of the history between them. Yet on the night when Betty urgently needs help to empty her cabin in the woods—the cabin she's been renting to a male student—she calls on Bobby. In this exhilarating play of secrets and sibling rivalry, which had its premiere in London's West End in 2011, Neil LaBute unflinchingly explores the dark territory beyond, as Bobby sneeringly says, "the lies you tell yourself to get by."

"Mr. LaBute is writing some of the freshest and most illuminating American dialogue to be heard anywhere these days." —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Neil LaBute is the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today." —New York Magazine

"The play twists continually, and the truth is always one twist away. LaBute is such a skillful writer--edgy, funny, outrageous . . . " —Financial Times


Neil LaBute is arguably the most challenging, provocative, and acclaimed playwright of his generation. In works like bash, The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, and reasons to be pretty, he superbly engages with such themes as men and women, sex and power, deception and manipulation, with the humane sensibility of an artist who, as John Lahr wrote in The New Yorker, "does not trivialize darkness but treats it with proper awe."

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