Chain Theatre


Shape of Things


Shape of Things

Written by Neil LaBute | Directed by Rich Ferraioli
July 28 - August 7, 2010

Nerdy, shy English major Adam is surprised and thrilled when sexy art student Evelyn takes an interest in him—an interest that leads to a makeover of his life. Under Evelyn’s direction, Adam begins to work out, buys contact lenses, and even has plastic surgery. At first Adam’s friends Philip and Jenny are impressed by Evelyn’s positive influence, but when they begin to feel she’s gone too far, Evelyn orders Adam to abandon them. When his transformation is complete, Adam finds out that his relationship with Evelyn was about something other than love, and is left to ponder whether he is better or worse for having known her.


Artistic Director Rich Ferraioli brings his minimalist approach to this well known Neil LaBute play. With the help of designer R. Allen Babcock, Ferraioli creates a world where we constantly look at ourselves on display. We search or ponder for what it all means and how LaBute’s play was originally produced in 2001 at the Almeida Theatre in London starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz. It has since been turned into a movie directed by Mr. LaBute himself.



Bina Sharif, Arts International

— Perrin Drumm, SUNfiltered

— Alan J. Miller, Theatre Is Easy

— Jennifer Rathbone, NY Performing Arts Examiner


Written by Neil LaBute
Directed by Rich Ferraioli



Adam: Kirk Gostkowski
Evelyn: Alice Bahlke
Jenny: Melissa Haley Smith
Phil: Deven Anderson

2010Kirk Gostkowski