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This Is How It Goes is a 2005 play by Neil LaBute set in small town America, about the repercussions of an interracial love triangle.

High school sweethearts — the star of the high school track team (Cody) and a cheerleader (Belinda) — marry. He becomes a successful businessman; she's a stay-at-home mom. A high school acquaintance (Man) returns to town and rents the room over their garage and upsets the delicate balance of their relationship, raising questions about who they want to be, who they are, and what made them that way.

The play's title refers to Man's frequent breaking of drama's Fourth Wall as he addresses the audience in between scenes. He prefaces his remarks to set up the next scene with "This is how it goes..." or his remarks on the preceding action with "This is how it went...". Deeply in love with Belinda, or at least the Belinda he remembered, he proves to be an unreliable narrator. Occasional scenes prove not to have occurred as he relates them and get re-acted in a style that the audience might find more reasonable or plausible.

The Off-Broadway production began on , and opened , at The Public Theatermarker. The production was directed by George C. Wolfe and starred Amanda Peet as Belinda, Jeffrey Wright as Cody, and Ben Stiller as Man. Marisa Tomei was originally cast as Belinda but left the production before it began, citing "personal family reasons". The production ran through .

The Londonmarker production opened on at the Donmar Warehousemarker and ran through . The production starred Ben Chaplin as Man, Megan Dodds as Belinda, and Idris Elba as Cody.


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