Reasons to be Pretty
Reasons to be Pretty – Theater Review
America’s obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating new play. In reasons to be pretty, Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhanded remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face (and his girlfriend’s lack thereof) get back to said girlfriend. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy Kent, and Kent’s wife Carly also enter into the picture and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?
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“Reasons To Be Pretty” is by Neil LeBute, who has a reputation for writing about scurrilous men and sort of annoying women. I saw this when it was downtown, and it has now been moved up to Lyceum Theatre uptown, and the move has seasoned it beautifully. It was always a good play, but now it has found the heart that I don’t think it had before. The monologues have been taken out, and as I said, there is a bit more heart in it. I agree with Neil’s point of view, that men don’t think about the effect their behavior has on women, and women are always calculating the effect that their behavior has on men, and this has always been thus. It is truly charming, even touching. You have to be a little bit careful about the language. If the F Bomb bothers you, you are going to be very unhappy in the first ten minutes. The acting is terrific, and the soul of this play has really been rediscovered by the move uptown. Five stars.