LaBute's Third Beauty-Based Play, reasons to be pretty, to Debut at MCC

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MCC Theater will present the world premiere of Neil LaBute's new work, reasons to be pretty, in May 2008 as the final show of its season.
Playwright Neil LaBute.
Playwright Neil LaBute.

LaBute, the company's resident playwright, will see his sixth work produced by the company starting May 14, 2008, for a run through July 5 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The opening date, a director and casting for the four-character work have yet to be announced. In reasons to be pretty, press notes state, "Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhanded remarks about a female coworker's pretty face (and his girlfriend's lack thereof) get back to said girlfriend." The work billed as a "comic drama" delves into the American obsession with physical beauty — closing a trilogy of works with the same theme that includes The Shape of Things and Fat Pig.

MCC continues its collaboration with the scribe after presenting his 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 LaBute's 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."

MCC currently presents Jim Knable's Spain — starring Annabella Sciorra, Veanna Cox and Lisa Kron — through Nov. 17. The New York premiere of Mick Gordon and AC Grayling's Grace — starring Lynn Redgrave — will next play (Jan. 23-March 8, 2008).

Tickets to MCC shows at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200 or online at

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