The Verdict: Critics Review Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Happy, Starring Jenna Fischer and Josh Hamilton

The world premiere of Neil LaBute's new play Reasons to Be Happy, which follows the characters of his Tony Award-nominated drama Reasons to Be Pretty, opened Off-Broadway June 11. Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb and Fred Weller star in the production for MCC Theater.

Josh Hamilton and Jenna Fischer
Josh Hamilton and Jenna Fischer (Photo by Joan Marcus)

LaBute also directs the play, which began performances May 16 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. It is playing an extended run through June 29. 

Reasons to Be Happy is a companion piece to LaBute's award-winning Reasons to Be Pretty, which was first produced at MCC Theater in 2008 before moving to Broadway, where it was nominated for three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

AM New York

Associated Press

Bloomberg News

The Chicago Tribune

Entertainment Weekly

The Hollywood Reporter


New York Daily News

New York Observer

New York Post

The New York Times

Time Out New York


For tickets, visit The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street.