Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty Plays the Guthrie Beginning Sept. 16

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Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of Neil LaBute's Tony Award-nominated dark comedy reasons to be pretty plays the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio Sept. 16-Oct. 2. Opening night is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Joseph Bombard and Anna Sundberg
Joseph Bombard and Anna Sundberg Photo by Dan Norman

The Minneapolis, MN, production, directed by Amy Rummenie, features Joseph Bombard (Greg), Rachel Finch (Carly), Andrew Sass (Kent) and Anna Sundberg (Steph).

The final ferocious cap in a trilogy that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig, LaBute's reasons to be pretty, press notes state, "centers on two young working-class couples who discover that simple comments can backfire horribly. When Greg casually comments to a friend that he finds his girlfriend Steph to be normal looking (even though he wouldn't trade her for the world), he ends up on the defensive. Was it an insult or a compliment? At the same time, his buddy Kent is looking for his next casual encounter, unbeknownst to Kent's wife Carly. Enlisted to help cover for him, Greg is at loss for what to do, while trying to figure out exactly what he's looking for in life, what it takes to be a good person and what it means to be pretty."

The artistic team for Walking Shadow's production includes Steve Kath (scenic designer), Renata Shaffer-Gottschalk (costume designer), Karin Olson (lighting designer) and Sarah Holmberg (stage manager).

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