Tony Award Nominee reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute at Calderwood Pavilion
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Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins, turn their attention to the westernization of Japan. This challenging period in Japanese history is told through the story of two friends caught in the inevitable winds of change. Mixing elements of Kabuki theater with the conventions of the Broadway musical, this is one of Sondheim's lesser known works, and a chance to see it performed is a treat. Pacific Overtures is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. Learn More
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We were disappointed. I'd seen LaBute's "The Shape of Things" and his films "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors". He's a brilliant playwright and screenwriter. This play, however, seemed based on a false premise - the comment that sets of the girlfriend to destroy a four-year relationship seemed petty and immature. Furthermore, the relationships between each of the two couples were left hanging, and instead too much focus was placed on the relationship between the two men, which was far less interesting. The actors did the best with what they had to work with, but it's Labute who needs to do a lot more work on this play.
All other Speakeasy plays I've seen were so much better, especially "The Vibrator Play".
Quotes & Highlights
- reasons to be pretty was LaBute's first play to be produced on Broadway, where it was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best play.
Written by Neil LaBute
Directed by Paul Melone
This incendiary drama from Neil LaBute (Fat Pig, The Shape of Things) asks, “How much is ‘pretty’ worth?” Sparked by one man’s offhand remark about his girlfriend’s appearance, reasons to be pretty navigates the crumbling relationships of four young friends as they come to terms with their unfulfilling lives and question the American obsession with physical beauty.
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