The Shape of Things is a 2001 play by American author and film director Neil LaBute and a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film. It premièred at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2001 with Paul Rudd as Adam, Rachel Weisz as Evelyn, Gretchen Mol as Jenny, and Fred Weller as Phillip. The play was directed by LaBute himself. According to the author's instructions, it is to be performed without an interval or a curtain call.
Central themes in The Shape of Things are questions on the nature of art, psychopathy, intimacy, explorations of love, and people's willingness to do things for love. It is set in a small university town in the American Midwest and centers on the lives of four young students who become emotionally and romantically involved with each other.
In 2003, it was made into a film featuring the original cast.
When Adam Sorenson (Paul Rudd), an English Literature major at Mercy College, a fictitious Midwestern college, meets Evelyn Ann Thompson (Rachel Weisz), an attractive...