Man’s Search For Meaning: Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon

Neil LaBute, the playwright famous for his mischievous brand of provocation and moral relativism, is now turning his eye to the relationship between man and God—a bond that unexpectedly forms in the aftermath of the deadliest (fictitious) office-shooting rampage in American history. LaBute’s new play The Break of Noon, which is playing now at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, has earmarks of his earlier work: “Questionable male figures, an utter disregard for what is right and proper in the theater, and a steady diet of black humor and surprise revelations,” LaBute says. David Duchovny makes his New York stage debut as the play’s protagonist, the formerly self-serving and corrupt John Smith, who struggles with right and wrong, good and bad, and all the other filthy sins Neil LaBute has to offer. More info at