This Is How It Goes
by Neil LaBute
Aurora Theatre Company
Bay Area Premiere
06/20 to 07/21 2013
Director: Tom Ross
Scenic Designer: Kim A. Tolman^
Lighting Designer: Kurt Landisman^
Costume Designer: Laura Hazlett
Sound Designer: Chris Houston
Aldo Billingslea* as Cody
Carrie Paff* as Woman
Gabe Marin* as Man
*Member of Actor's Equity Association
^Member of USA 829
Top 10 Bay Area Productions of 2013:
The San Francisco Chronicle, Robert Hurwitt
San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area New Group, Karen D'Souza
KQED.org, Sam Hurwitt
"Kim A. Tolman's set is both remarkably striking and perplexing: The towering rear wall is papered with manuscript pages, and a row of arches stands above one column as if waiting for the other columns to arrive. The man does claim to be an aspiring playwright, so the pages may have something to do with that..."
" Neil LaBute doesn't just play the race card in his theatrically engrossing and provocative "This Is How It Goes." He's playing with a full deck cagily stacked for maximum entertainment and discomfort in the invigorating Aurora Theatre regional premiere...a beguilingly deceptive piece of work, a quality beautifully elaborated in director Tom Ross' production."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
" Tautly directed by Tom Ross, "This Is How It Goes" exposes the tenacity of prejudice in America, and it doesn't flinch in the face of the bigotry it finds in any quarter. No one is innocent in this explosive deconstruction of small-town America in its regional premiere at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company...this three-character mind game pushes our buttons hard."
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/BAY AREA NEWS GROUP