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Reasons to Be Pretty

Reasons to Be Pretty

A Play

Neil LaBute

Farrar, Straus and Giroux




In Reasons to Be Pretty, Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker's pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph's lack thereof get back to Steph. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy, Kent, and Kent's wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?

Neil LaBute's bristling new comic drama puts the final ferocious cap on a trilogy of plays that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. America's obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work.


Reasons to Be Pretty

Act One
Lights burst on.

At home. Two people in their bedroom, already deep in the middle of it. A nice little fight. Wham!

GREG … No, no, no, no, no, uh-uh, no!


Praise for Reasons to Be Pretty

“Mr. LaBute is writing some of the freshest and most illuminating American dialogue to be heard anywhere these days.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

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About the author

Neil LaBute

Neal LaBute's most recent works for the stage include This Is How It Goes (Faber, 2005) and Fat Pig (Faber, 2004), which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play.

Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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