Some Girl(s) A Play

Neil LaBute

Faber & Faber



Trade Paperback

112 Pages



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Your career as a writer is blossoming, your beautiful, young fiancee is waiting to get married and rush off to Cancun by your side—so what is your natural reaction? Well, if you're a man, it's probably to get nervous and start calling up old girlfriends. And so begins a single man's odyssey through four hotel rooms as he flies across the country in search of the perfect woman (that he's already broken up with). Some Girl(s) is the latest work from Neil Labute, American theater's great agent provocateur. In grand LaBute fashion, this by turns outrageously funny and deadly serious portrait of the artist as a young seducer casts a truthful, hilarious light on a typical young American male as he wanders through the heart of darkness that is himself. This edition includes a deleted scene.


Praise for Some Girl(s)

"The most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today."—David Amsden, New York magazine
"[LaBute's] view of modern men and women is unsparing . . . [He] is holding up a pitiless mirror to ourselves. We may not like what we see, but we can't deny that—if only in some dark corner of our souls—it is there."—Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News (White Plains, NY)
"LaBute . . . continues to probe the fascinating dark side of individualism . . . [His] great gift is to live in and to chronicle that murky area of not-knowing, which mankind spends much of its waking life denying."—John Lahr, The New Yorker

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Some Girl(s)
Silence. Darkness.Part One: "Sam"A fairly standard hotel room. High-end without being too obvious; a resort chain of some kind. Marriott or one of those. Bed, work space, TV, minibar. Probably a nice chair. 
A man--thirty-three, fully dressed--sits at the desk and plays with the TV remote just as he is finishing a call on the house phone. 
A knock at the door. Another. The man jumps up and crosses to a lamp, carefully arranging the shade. Satisfied, he goes over to the eyehole. Looks out. Takes a breath and opens the latch. 
A woman--same age, let's call
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  • Neil LaBute

  • Neil LaBute is a critically acclaimed playwright, filmmaker, and fiction writer. His most recent works for the stage include This is How it Goes, Fat Pig (winner the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play), Mercy Seat, Autobahn, and The Shape of Things—all available from Faber and Faber.