RIALTO CHATTER: 'reasons' To Be Wary, Audience Member Creates a 'Scene' at LaBute Play
The New York Times reports that a spokesman for the Broadway production of Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty" revealed Sunday that the show's producers had beefed up the security detail at the Lyceum Theater following an incident at the Saturday evening performance.
During the first act of 'reasons', the character played by Marin Ireland lights into her ex-boyfriend, played by Thomas Sadoski, with a fiery monologue of all the things she believes are wrong with him. After her tirade, a male audience member "stood, called her a bitch twice, said a few other things that cannot be printed, and stormed out of the theater" explains the Times. Where was Will Ferrell's "George Bush" when you needed him? Sadly this outburst was all too real.
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Marin Ireland, Steven Pasquale, Piper Perabo and Thomas Sadoski comprise the four-person cast of this season's production of Neil LaBute's new play, reasons to be pretty, under the direction of Terry Kinney.
Perabo and Sadoski appeared in this summer's smash Off Broadway world premiere for MCC Theater, with Ireland and Pasquale joining the cast for the Broadway production.
Preview performances began, Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) with an official opening night celebrated on Thursday, April 2, 2009.
reasons to be pretty confronts America's obsession with physical beauty headlong. In Neil LaBute's new play, Greg's (Sadoski) tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his off-handed remarks about a female co-worker's pretty face (and his girlfriend's lack thereof) get back to said girlfriend (Ireland). But that's just the beginning.
This play marks the sixth collaboration between MCC Theater and LaBute, who is MCC's Resident Playwright. reasons to be pretty puts a final, ferocious cap on a trilogy of plays that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. Performances of the four-character play began Off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on May 14, 2008 and the critically acclaimed production continued through July 5, 2008.
Scenic Design is by David Gallo, Costume Design is by Sarah J. Holden, Lighting Design is by David Weiner, Music & Sound Design is by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen and Fight Direction is by Manny Siverio.
reasons to be pretty is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Ted Snowdon and Doug Nevin/Erica Lynn Schwartz in association with MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director).
Tickets are on sale now through www.telecharge.com.
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