Jun 01 2006 / This is How it Goes
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
"It is edgy, challenging, profane, violent and raw, sometimes offensive, sometimes shocking, but always, always riveting…. This is actors’ theater at its best and exciting to watch." – Tampa Tribune
"This Is How It Goes is a very fresh and often very funny twist on a romantic comedy it’s good old-fashioned black-box theater. The characters are rich and interesting, and the actors make the most of them." – St. Petersburg Times
"4 stars. A top-notch Jobsite production…. Easily [LaBute's] most profound, incisive and far-reaching play." – Creative Loafing
The southeastern US premiere!
The black jock, the fat dork and the white cheerleader – 12 years later. In true Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, In the Company of Men) fashion, 45-degree turns run rampant, keeping both the audience and characters on their toes. He targets small town middle America for a new tale of manipulation, exploitation, race and infidelity through the story of an interracial love triangle.
"Neil LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard – since Edward Albee, actually – to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power." – Donald Lyons, New York Post
“LaBute [is] our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country’s sin – sick souls.” – John Istel, American Theatre
Belinda and Cody Phipps are a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts, children, luxurious home. Typical… except Cody is "rich, black and different," according to Belinda, who is white and becomes attracted to a former classmate (Ryan McCarthy) who is also white and acts as the show’s untrustworthy narrator.
As the men battle for her affections, Belinda and Cody frankly doubt the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to a swath of bigotry and betrayal. Staged on continually shifting moral ground that challenges our notions about gender, ethnicity and even love itself, This Is How It Goes fearlessly explores the myriad ways in which the wild card of race is played by both black and white in America.
- Ami Sallee – Director
- David Dolphy – Cody
- Ryan McCarthy – Man
- Heather Scheffel – Woman
- Erica Porch – Stage Manager
- Christen Petitt Hailey – Costume Designer
- John Lott – Light Designer
- Brian M. Smallheer – Set Designer
This is How it Goes
American Buffalo, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Nature of Fear, Phyro-Giants!, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Serpent, This is How it Goes, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, Woman in Mind
American Buffalo, Dracula, Hurlyburly, Phyro-Giants!, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, SDRnR, subUrbia, This is How it Goes
Artistic Associates, Bondage, Chapel Perilous, Crimes of the Heart, Dream Play, Gorey Stories 2012, Hipster McBigballs, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hurlyburly, Maxwell, Mindgame, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Quills, Serpent, Short Comings, Short Comings 2009, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, We Won't Pay
March of the Kitefliers, Phyro-Giants!, Pillowman, This is How it Goes, Topdog Underdog, Woman in Mind
Acropolis, Bondage, Boys Next Door, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dracula, Dream Play, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, History of the Devil, Machinal, Maxwell, Nature of Fear, Pericles, SDRnR, Serpent, Short Comings, Short Comings 2009, subUrbia, This is How it Goes, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind
This is How it Goes
Acropolis, All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, boom, Boys Next Door, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Ros and Guil, Serpent, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind
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As good as The Pillowman. I had seen both in London a couple of years ago. We will see at least one more this year – get a membership next year. – John Rowe
We loved This is How it Goes. – Gordon Hessler
This show embodies what I like most about Jobsite productions. – David Hood
I really loved This is how it goes. I went to see it twice. The play was very honest and allowed the audience to draw their own conclusions about what was going on. It definitely will make you think and look at things differently. – Marie Lamadieu
This Is How It Goes was a powerful production – uncomfortable at times, but I believe that’s what good theater does: It raises publicly thoughts and attitudes and actions that would be reprehensible in real life and forces us to confront them. – Michael Kilgore