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Thoughts on "reasons to be pretty"

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Thoughts on "reasons to be pretty"#1
Posted: 6/21/08 at 8:18pm
"Regular" is the insult of choice in "reasons to be pretty" the superb new Neil LaBute play that will soon elevate him to Broadway from his humble home at the Lortel.

"reasons to be pretty" is anything but regular - if it were a "regular" LaBute, I would throw it in a pile that contains In a Dark Dark House, Some Girl(s), Wrecks, and a few others. No, "reasons" is up there with his best - perhaps it is his best to date.

As I predicted Laura Benanti and Boyd Ganes for the win last July, months before GYPSY was even planned for Broadway, I will now proudly predict Alison Pill to win the "Featured Actress in a Play" Tony. Her delivery of the "here's what's wrong with you" monologue at a local mall in the middle of the first act is brilliant in its simplicty and tone.

Thomas Sadoski (who bears a striking resemblance to Steve Buscemi) is LaBute's first leading man who actually "grows," by the end of the play, and Sadoski displays the conflict of developing from man-child to plain man very well. The final scene between him and Pill, with all emotions on display, her possible desire to not move on, is devestating.

Piper Perabo and Pablo Schreiber provide solid back up. Schreiber is LaBute's typical male - a sexist, dimwitted guy prone to violence. Perabo was a bit bizarre, though it could be that her character is a dimwit, as well. But a well meaning dimwit, as opposed to Schreiber's.

Terry Kinney directed the hell out of LaBute's script, and even made the monologues, which here do serve as expositional shorthand, seem necessary.

Congratulations, Neil. You've finally got your groove back.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#2
Posted: 6/21/08 at 8:39pm
Looking forward to seeing this at the Lortel soon!

Oh, and thanks for the review. We'll see what happens with that Tony. Tom Cruise's wife might snatch it from her. As expected.

Updated On: 6/21/08 at 08:39 PM
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#2
Posted: 6/21/08 at 8:56pm
Expected by whom?
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#3
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:00pm
Not me.

That was, um, expected of galactic dimensions.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#4
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:05pm
Tom Cruise's wife might snatch it from her. As expected.

We don't even expect her to learn her lines - let alone win anything.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#5
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:05pm
Tom Cruise's wife might snatch it from her. As expected.

We don't even expect her to learn her lines - let alone win anything.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#6
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:17pm
As I predicted Laura Benanti and Boyd Ganes for the win last July, months before GYPSY was even planned for Broadway

I predict the actor playing Nemo in Disney's 2016 Broadway mounting of Finding Nemo will win Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

If Gypsy hadn't moved to Broadway, would your prediction still count?
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Updated On: 6/21/08 at 09:17 PM
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#7
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:45pm
Yes.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#8
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:52pm
But then your prediction would be wrong. They couldn't have won the Tonys if it never transferred to Broadway, so it makes no sense to pat yourself on the back for "predicting" something you didn't know would even be possible.
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Updated On: 6/21/08 at 09:52 PM
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#9
Posted: 6/21/08 at 9:54pm
I'm psychic.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#10
Posted: 6/21/08 at 11:26pm
I'm excited this is coming to Broadway, and more excited that it's good. Shape of Things and Fat Pig are two of my favorite plays!
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#11
Posted: 6/22/08 at 1:04am
Read my review at musicOMH.com here: http://www.musicomh.com/theatre/reasons-nyc_0608.htm .
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#12
Posted: 6/22/08 at 8:25am
In response to your column, this is LaBute's first play with a seemingly happy ending.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#13
Posted: 6/22/08 at 9:14am
"In response to your column, this is LaBute's first play with a seemingly happy ending."

You thought it had a happy ending? Really? While I loved the play, I found the ending so sad -- two people who were never able to eventually be together due to the lack of trust and respect for each other -- though clearly each was the other's true love. And let's not even talk about the other couple! Sorry. I sure wouldn't call it a happy ending.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#14
Posted: 6/22/08 at 9:20am
"Happy" isn't the right word; don't know why I used it. What I meant was that, by the very end, Greg learns a lesson, which gives him, in a sense, salvation.
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re: Thoughts on 'reasons to be pretty'#15
Posted: 6/22/08 at 12:15pm
I can't express how annoyed I am with myself that I opted out of seeing this on opening night. I don't think I can wait a year to see it on Broadway!
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