It is obvious that Neil LaBute is not Jewish. You can tell because he writes the most wonderfully despicable characters that even when self-aware, they never feel guilt about their bad behavior. The fascinating and spellbinding new show ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU could have easily followed suit with his REASONS TO BE PRETTY and REASONS TO BE HAPPY and been titled REASONS TO LIE TO YOURSELF.
Once again Judith Light does her chameleon disappearing act into a character. Wearing no makeup and a sad little wig, she embodies a midwest high school English and Drama teacher who has an affair with one of her students. And I am not giving away anything by telling you this. This story has so much more to divulge.
As with most of Mr. LaBute’s cannon, there is a central theme to this play: what is the cost of a lie? and like most of his plays, he is going to tell you the answer in a vicious, devastating tale that leaves you breathless. This is a 60 minute, one woman tour-de-force and every single minute is enthralling and unnerving.