The second half of the LaBute New Theater Festival
kicks off this weekend. In recent years, this has been the half of the fest that contains the gems. Neil LaBute's disturbing one-man short "The Fourth Reich" once again opens the show; it stars Eric Dean White as a pleasantly evil man out to convince you he's a rational human being. White is so good that he almost pulls it off. Three more one-acts follow: "The Gettier Problem," "Unabridged" and "The Process." Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (July 20 to 29) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; www.stlas.org
). Tickets are $30 to $35.