by Willard Manus
title matches the oddity of the play. In Neil LaBute's latest work, which
comes to the Geffen Playhouse after runs in London and New York, Guy (the
charismatic Mark Feurstein), revisits ex-girlfriends in four cities, Seattle,
Chicago, Boston and L.A. A generic hotel room serves as their meeting
place and eventual battleground (the nifty design is by Sibyl Wickersheimer),
as old wounds are reopened and blood is spilled. Guy is the one who did
the damage, having abruptly walked out on each of them just when marriage
was in the offing. Now, it would appear, he wants to make amends, heal
the hurt and resentment.
LaBute, who often writes about the nasty things men do to women (Bash, The Shape of Things), has a surprise up his sleeve that really nails Guy's manipulative personality. Like so much of SOME GIRL(S) in general, it has a comic, bittersweet edge to it.
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