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50 Ways to Leave Your Lover — and One Great Way to Promote a LaBute Play


by Jerome Weeks 14 Jul 2009

Second Thought Theatre opens its production of Neil LaBute’s Some Girls this week at the Addison Theatre Centre. LaBute, of course, is the grand master of masculine mean-spiritedness and misbehavior, particularly toward women, and Some Girls certainly covers familar enough territory. A young writer travels cross-country tracking down old flames to re-connect or to bury […]

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Second Thought Theatre opens its production of Neil LaBute’s Some Girls this week at the Addison Theatre Centre. LaBute, of course, is the grand master of masculine mean-spiritedness and misbehavior, particularly toward women, and Some Girls certainly covers familar enough territory. A young writer travels cross-country tracking down old flames to re-connect or to bury their past — naturally, he’s doing this just before he gets hitched. STT takes a crack at LaBute before the Dallas Theater Center’s hits North Texas with its planned trilogy, “The Beauty Plays” — including Fat Pig, The Shape of Things and  probably Reasons to be Pretty — next February in the Wyly Theatre.

Here’s hoping that all of these stage shows will be as fresh, clever and funny as the promo video that Second Thought has created for Some Girls (above).  Our only quibble: Actor-director Robert McCollum, who created the video, doesn’t credit his child actors — especially the terrific kid who manages to deliver all of these you’re-getting-dumped-chump lines with perfect, open-faced innocence and sincerity. He could school a lot of older guys:.

“You’re too good for me, that’s what it is.”

“Any guy would be lucky to have you.”

“I’m holding you back.”

A personal favcrite, considering the kid looks like he’s 10 or 12:

“I just think I’m too old for you.”

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  • haha that was funny. Adding to the fun was my little toddler who was immediately drawn from her toys to the video. I guess the language of love, breaking up and funny videos knows no age limits for she seemed to listen carefully to each quip and respond with peels of laughter throughout.

    The kids in the video were indeed all great! I know that two of them were McCollum’s kids, Mannon and Lily, who can also be seen alongside their parents in a fun Texas Rangers TV spot right now.

  • That brilliant young actor is named is Casey Worman. The girls were Marlhy Murphy, Lily McCollum, Manon McCollum, and Isabella Paige (with special guest appearance by Kristin McCollum.)

    • Excellent. Thanks.

      Soooo …. you let young Master Worman dump the women in your immediate family?

      Well, at any rate, it IS a terrific little piece. Even if it suggests some interesting dynamics in the McCollum family.

  • worldclasseducation

    out of the mouths of babes…
    nice work…girls faces told the tale

  • Greg

    Lily and Manon have appeared in a series of these trailers for Second Thought for a couple of seasons now. I anticipate the next trailer almost as much as seeing STT’s next production! They do an excellent job (as do their parent’s). An archive of these are available on the STT website at http://www.secondthoughttheatre.com/media/watch.htm.