It's So Good To Be Bad

Neil Labute is trying to explain what he enjoys about being a playwright. Over a milky tea in a French café in south London, he talks about the thrill of tinkering with ever-evolving scripts, the comfort he gets from working with actors he respects, and the rush of hearing a laugh, or a gasp, from an audience lost in the drama he's created. In short, he says, "I'm a people person." Then he laughs. Because he knows how absurd it is for him, the bad boy of American theater, to speak in sunny, New Age banalities. And he knows that anyone...

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