Photo Coverage: 'reasons to be pretty' Opening Night Celebration

By: Apr. 03, 2009
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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.'s cameras were there for all the opening night fun.

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).

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