Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty examines our perception of beauty and asks whether it is as much of a curse to be conventionally attractive as it is to be considered ugly.
Greg is overheard admitting that his girlfriend Steph is no beauty, but that he wouldn’t change her for the world. She is devastated; he can’t quite see what he’s done wrong. Meanwhile, Greg’s best friend Kent alternates between boasting about how gorgeous his wife Carly is, and chasing after a hot new colleague.
Reasons To Be Pretty is the third in a trilogy of LaBute plays about physical appearance, following The Shape Of Things and Fat Pig.
The American playwright’s is a regular fixture of the London theatre scene. Prior to Reasons To Be Pretty, the Almeida has previously staged productions of Bash: Latter-Day Plays, The Shape Of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat and In A Dark Dark House, and his plays Some Girls, Fat Pig and In A Forest Dark And Deep have all played in the West End.
For more about Reasons To Be Pretty at the Almeida theatre read the First Night Feature.