MCC Theater presents a one-night-only staged reading of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty Happy September 11 at 7:30 PM, starring Paul Rudd, Amber Tamblyn, Norbert Leo Butz and Jennifer Mudge. The staging at the Lucille Lortel Theatre benefits MCC’s artistic and educational programs.
The play is billed as “a funny, sad, silly and sobering look at friendships and loves that have weathered and lasted for a long, long time—some even past their due dates.“ It is the third in the playwright’s Reasons trilogy, which also includes Reasons to be Happy and the Tony-nominated Reasons to be Pretty.
Here’s how MCC bills LaBute’s newest work: “Set on the night of their 20th anniversary high school reunion, Reasons to be Pretty Happy follows Greg (Rudd) and Steph (Tamblyn) as they revisit their home town after having moved to New York. Kent (Butz) and Carly (Mudge) are suspicious of their reasons for returning and the four friends dance (sometimes literally) through a series of encounters at their school gym as they try to rekindle old friendships, struggle with their futures (together and separately) and reveal secrets to one another that might have been better left buried beneath a pile of yearbooks.“
Tickets range from $100 for show-only tickets or $250/$350 for preferred/premium seating plus access to a special post-show reception with LaBute, the cast and MCC leadership. For tickets visit mcctheater.org or call (212) 352-3101.