You know what they say about enfant terrible playwright Neil LaBute: if you’ve seen one of his plays, you’ve seen them all. So here’s what I have to say about “Some Girl(s),” a play concerning a guy about to get hitched who treks cross-country to visit ex-girlfriends he dumped in order to “right some wrongs”: if you’ve seen one of the play’s five vignettes you’ve pretty much seen them all. It’s a lazy critique, but “Some Girl(s)” strikes me as somewhat of a lazy play, like the protagonist at its center frustratingly unable to commit itself to what it really wants to say through a quintet of well-written but similar scenes. Even Profiles’ much-hyped premiere of a “previously-deleted scene,” written by LaBute but never before performed in America, adds little to the message conveyed by the quartet of encounters preceding it: men are from Mars, women are from Venus and any desire to connect will mean, emotionally speaking, “bang, zoom, straight to the moon!” for all involved. Doomed male-female relationships—I’m still waiting for him to significantly tackle the intricate gender complexities of a gay couple—are foregone conclusions with a LaBute play. All that remains to be relished is the occasional insight as well as the unique patterns and rhythms of his sharp dialogue, both of which are found within this work. They just don’t amount to much this time around nor do they justify another romp through familiar thematic territory. All of the women in the Profiles cast do a respectable job despite their similar “you-hurt-me-but-I’m-going-to-try-and-pretend-like-you-didn’t-until-I-crack” characters, with Jessie Fisher as girl number-two the most memorable of the bunch. As “Guy,” Darrell W. Cox’s committed but cloying performance never achieves what either “Friends” star (and Windy City native) David Schwimmer in London or “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack in New York automatically had going for them without even trying: a modicum of likeability to pierce the character’s off-putting crudeness and give him a fighting chance for sympathy. As such, it’s not even fun to be in the company of this man past the second vignette. (Fabrizio O. Almeida)
At Profiles Theatre, 4147 North Broadway, (773)549-1815. This production is now closed.