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Publisher's Summary

All the Ways to Say I Love You by Neil LaBute, directed by Leigh Silverman, is a thoughtful, psychological solo play centered around the character Faye Johnson, performed by multi-award-winning actress Judith Light (Transparent, American Crime Story, Who's the Boss?). Reflecting on an event from her past, Johnson confronts the defining question of her life: What is the weight of a lie? 

All the Ways to Say I Love You received its World Premiere production at the MCC Theater in September of 2016. MCC is under the leadership of Artistic Directors Robert Lupone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West. 

Bonus content includes an Audible-exclusive conversation between director Leigh Silverman and actress Judith Light.

©2018 Neil LaBute (P)2018 AO Media, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"[All the Ways to Say I Love You] is a throwback to a favorite form of Mr. LaBute's earlier days: the one-act monologue in which an ostensibly sunny soul strips down to dark shadows." (The New York Times)

"Leave it to Neil LaBute to find a heretofore unknown...way to express one's love...As anyone who knows LaBute's work can expect, a creeping primal darkness ensnares us in what appears to be an ordinary life." (Newsday)

"[Judith Light] vividly renders her character's complex feeling of shame, regret, and also unabashed joy...The anguish that Mrs. Johnson feels is palpable, and it's impossible not to sympathize with her." (Hollywood Reporter)

"The emotionally ravaged, unexpectedly sensuous Mrs. Johnson is a departure from the rueful, acerbic quipsters she has perfect onstage, and Ms. Light brings a vibrant, thirsty eroticism to the part." (The New York Times)

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Way too short--less than an hour

What disappointed you about All the Ways to Say I Love You?

Good story, perfectly performed by Judith Light.

It is not the length of time it says it is. The story is less than 50 minutes and then it is a question and answer with Judith Light. She is amazing but not what I was looking to spend my money or credits on.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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5 stars all around! Judith Light is incredible!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. This book, or play rather, touches on so many relatable topics ( love, lust, sex, lies, the state of our country, marriage, etc.), and I think that there is definitely at least one, if not more, take-aways from this play that someone listening could relate to.

What other book might you compare All the Ways to Say I Love You to and why?

I don't have anything off the top of my head that I could relate this solo performance and story to. It is a great book about guilt and trying to overcome guilt with talking yourself into believing things are okay.

What does Judith Light bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A brilliant and emotional performance. Having Judith Light perform as Mrs. Johnson really brings the character to life. You can relate to her, you understand her, you want to hear her story. Judith's performance is incredible and captivating!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did. I listened to it quickly within an hour and a half to two hours. I wanted to hear her story so much that I could not shut it off. Initially, when the story started, I wasn't expecting it to take the turn that it did. But once she spoke about how her relationship developed with Tommy, I couldn't push pause!

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend listening to this audiobook! It is powerful, it is relatable, it deals with real life issues, and there is something for everyone in this story. If you don't listen to it for the story-line (which you should because it is great), listen to it to hear Judith Light's amazing performance. She will have you captivated!

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She’s The Boss!

Judith Light’s performance was amazing and incredibly engaging.

Really enjoyed the interview as well. Offered great insight into Judith’s career.

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Not a book I would recommend. Struggle to finish. Judith sounded forced and acting the whole time


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book good but but after wasted my time

thought it was several chapters long bit it was only one chapter and shameless promotions

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Great to revisit a great performance

I saw the play two years ago at MCC. Judith Light was magnificent in the one-woman play and my attention never wavered from start to finish. It's great that many people can share that experience to a certain degree through this audiobook. Yes, it's short. It was a little under 1 hour when I saw it and is the same here, but the storytelling is just so mesmerizing that it barely matters. It doesn't drag and you get what you need to understand what the character is going through on a quite personally level.

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Don’t waste a credit!

There is no way I would have used a credit for a book that was less than 30 minutes. I guess it’s my fault, I should’ve looked at the time before I hit purchase. Lesson learned.

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