How far would you go for love? For art? What concessions would you make? What price would you be willing to pay? Such are the painful questions explored by Neil LaBute in his play The Shape of Things – a modern retelling of the fall of man. After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair. Before long it veers into the kind of dangerous, seductive territory that LaBute does best, as Adam, under Evelyn’s steady influence, goes to unimaginable lengths to improve his appearance and character. Only in the final and shocking exhibition, which challenges our most deeply entrenched ideas about art and love, does Evelyn reveal her true intentions.
Opening tonight (Friday, March 11) and with performances Friday through Sunday for two weekends, is Town Players of Pittsfield’s production of The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.