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Neil LaBute's 'In a Dark Dark House' homes in on troubled past
Neil LaBute's 'In a Dark Dark House' homes in on troubled past

Neil LaBute’s “In a Dark Dark House” begs the immediate question: why bother with the redundant title? Any residence where Mr. LaBute comes knockin’ is not likely to sit on the sunny side of the street, and his 2007 three-hander proves no exception in its solidly erected but emotionally vacant West Coast premiere from Broken Hand Productions at the Matrix Theatre. The darkness this time out centers on child abuse, filtered through a characteristically squirm-inducing lens. Long-buried traumas surface when ruggedly brooding Terry (Aaron McPherson) arrives at the hospital where his self-destructive younger brother, Drew (Shaun Sipos), is serving time in...

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