Paul Gauguin

Colonial Players ends season with twist in 'The Shape of Things'

Colonial Players closes its season with Neil LaBute's 2001 dark comedy/drama "The Shape of Things," drawing a striking contrast with the Depression-era romantic comedy that started the theater's run in September.

LaBute's cynical commentary on the contemporary art scene and his cool depiction of couples' doomed relationships seem vastly removed from the artful grace and wit of Noel Coward's 1930 production "Private Lives."

The only thing both shows share is a memorable starring performance by actor Pat Reynolds, who earlier invested Coward's sophisticated, self-assured British hero Elyot with romantic charm and now plays LaBute's English-major college...