LaBute's reasons to be pretty Arrives on Broadway March 13

News   LaBute's reasons to be pretty Arrives on Broadway March 13 Neil LaBute makes his debut as a Broadway playwright March 13 when MCC Theater's production of reasons to be pretty, which played an acclaimed Off-Broadway run, begins previews at the Lyceum Theatre.
Steven Pasquale
Steven Pasquale Photo by Charles Eshelman

Marin Ireland, Steven Pasquale, Piper Perabo and Thomas Sadoski comprise the four-person cast. Terry Kinney directs.

Perabo and Sadoski appeared in MCC Theater's Off-Broadway run of pretty. Ireland and Pasquale have joined the cast for the Broadway run. Opening is scheduled for April 2.

Reasons to be pretty, according to producers, "confronts America's obsession with physical beauty headlong. In Neil LaBute's new play, Greg's (Sadoski) tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his off-handed remarks about a female co-worker’s pretty face (and his girlfriend's lack thereof) get back to said girlfriend (Ireland). But that's just the beginning."

The work billed as a "comic drama" delves into America's obsession with physical beauty — closing a LaBute trilogy with that same theme that includes The Shape of Things and Fat Pig.

The Broadway mounting features scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by David Weiner, music and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen and fight direction by Manny Siverio. Producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Ted Snowden, Doug Nevin/Erica Lynn Schwartz, Ronald Frankel, Bat-Barry Productions, Kathleen Seidel, Kelpie Arts LLC, Jam Theatricals, Rachel Helson/Heather Provost.

For LaBute, MCC's resident playwright, this was his sixth work produced by the company. MCC previously presented LaBute's The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s) and In a Dark Dark House. MCC also produced a one-night benefit evening of his plays, Autobahn. Other LaBute works include bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, This Is How It Goes and Wrecks and the films "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," "Possession" and "Wicker Man."

The Lyceum Theatre is located in Manhattan at 149 West 45th Street. Tickets are available by visiting www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

<i>reasons to be pretty</i> stars Thomas Sadoski, Piper Perabo and Marin Ireland.
reasons to be pretty stars Thomas Sadoski, Piper Perabo and Marin Ireland. Photo by Charles Eshelman