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The Shape of Things

When a person becomes a project, maybe all is no longer fair in love and war.
By Hilary Simmons
March 04, 2013
By Hilary Simmons
March 04, 2013

Would you change your outfit if your partner asked you to? What about your haircut? Or, supposing they wanted to act as your personal stylist — would you let them? What if you'd always felt slightly frumpy, and they were suave, sexy and sophisticated? What if, as in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, opening on Thursday for a season at the No Vacancy gallery, you were a shy college student named Adam and they were a stunning art sophomore called Evelyn, who seemed to be inexplicably smitten with you?

You'd do anything for love, right?

Directed By Peter Blackburn, the play has been performed around the world and was even made into a feature film in 2003, starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz.

The Shape of Things propels Adam and Eve out of their idyllic Garden and into the plastic surgeon's office to suggest that modern relationships have quite enough venom to effectively exile happiness without the seductive snake. It's an acidic take on the relationships between men and women and what it means to change someone. When a person becomes a project, maybe all's not fair in love and war.

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