Three Preview Performances of Broadway's reasons to be pretty Canceled

News   Three Preview Performances of Broadway's reasons to be pretty Canceled Three preview performances of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty, which plays the Lyceum Theatre, have been canceled in "order to accommodate a shift in television shooting schedules, and to allow for the usual rehearsal time during this period of early preview performances," according to a press statement.
Steven Pasquale
Steven Pasquale Photo by Charles Eshelman

Canceled performances include yesterday's (March 15) matinee as well as the March 18 and 21 matinees.

"Both actor Steven Pasquale and director Terry Kinney have long-standing television commitments, and a shift in those shooting schedules has given the production virtually no time to rehearse the play during this preview week," according to the statement. Pasquale will be shooting "Rescue Me" March 17, and Kinney will also be filming "The Unusuals" this week.

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

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

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.

<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