An intelligent comedy examining society's obsession with physical beauty - and not without potty mouth language!
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LaBute began researching reasons to be pretty whilst waiting for Wilco to come on stage at Lollapalooza. He did this by asking women how they would react if they overheard their boyfriend say “Yeah, I totally love her, but her face is average.”
LaBute’s seemingly unorthadox research into human behavior and inadvertent relationship reassessment of female Wilco fans is what makes his writing so painfully fresh and accurate. Flowing with the naturalness of overheard conversation, reasons to be pretty shows how everyday language can be a powerful instrument for people of all levels of eloquence and education and how a flippant remark about a lover’s looks can jeopardise a relationship.
The plot revolves around four young working-class friends and love interests who become dissatisfied with their dead-end lives and with each other.
Premiering in Melbourne at Theatreworks this June and directed by VCA Directors Course graduate Eddy Segal, reasons to be pretty will make you think twice about the effects your words have on your partner.