It was announced earlier this week that the March 15, 18 and 21 matinees of the LaBute play were to be cancelled in order to accommodate the television shooting schedules for actor Steven Pasquale and director Terry Kinney. The shift in shooting schedules infringed on rehearsal time for the Broadway production which is set to open at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2.
Representatives have announced that the previously cancelled March 21 matinee has been reinstated and that "rehearsals are continuing apace."
Reasons to be pretty, according to the play's 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.
Reasons to be pretty is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Ted Snowdon, Doug Nevin/Erica Lynn Schwartz, Ronald Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Kathleen Seidel, Kelpie Arts LLC, Jam Theatricals, and Rachel Helson/Heather Provost in association with MCC Theater.
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.