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Pretty Ugly

Posted By Alex Belth On March 28, 2009 @ 6:40 pm In Arts and Culture,Bronx Banter,Directors,Million Dollar Movie,Pat Jordan,Sportswriting,Theater,Writers | Comments Disabled

Ba Ba Booey


I groaned when Pat Jordan told me the Times assigned him to do a piece on the playwright, screenwriter, director, Neil LaBute.  Pat’s writing has an almost feral quality and when matched with a plump, if deserving target like LaBute, well, you know it is not going to be pretty.  I’ve seen a couple of LaBute’s movies and can’t think of one good thing to say about them.  I found them empty and vicious and completely phony.  The thought of what a hard old sharp shooter like Jordan would do with a misanthropic mo mo like LaBute was not exactly appetizing.

The story is in this week’s New York Times Magazine [1].  I think Pat went easy on him all considering though I don’t imagine that LaBute will see it that way.


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[1] The story is in this week’s New York Times Magazine: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/magazine/29LaBute-t.html

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