Labute's 'Shape of Things' to be screened locally

A filmmaker known for his movies on modern relationships will give area residents a sneak peak this week of his newest film, "The Shape of Things."

Writer/director Neil LaBute, a Kansas University alumnus, will hold a special screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. April 25, at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence.

LaBute, who received a master's degree in theater in 1989 from KU, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions.

The screening is part of the University Theatre's "Alums Come Home IV" celebration. The event will be followed by "Open Mic Night," featuring former and current theater students performing in a variety show format.

The "Shape of Things," a contemporary story of love, sex and art set in a college town, stars Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol and Frederick Weller.

It was first shown as the centerpiece of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Utah (see Sundance notes; see movies.com review).

The film opens nationally May 9.

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