By the Way, Meet Vera Stark: West Coast Premiere of Award-Winning Comedy at the Geffen
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A 2009 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Reasons to Be Pretty takes on our collective obsession with physical beauty. The Geffen Playhouse's production stars Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men), Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless), Shawn Hatosy (Reckless) and Alicia Witt (Justified). In this savagely comic piece by controversial writer Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbors), a working class guy finds his life thrown into disarray when he makes the offhand comment that -- compared to a pretty co-worker -- his girlfriend is just "regular." With dialogue that's intense even for LaBute, Reasons to Be Pretty shines a light on our obsession with physical beauty and how easy it is to be casually cruel. Learn More
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Featured review from BellaJ2000Red Velvet
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This play is well written, directed and acted. Wonderful staging as well. At once witty and humorous and thought-provoking. The commentary on black actors playing sterotypical roles is every bit as much an issue now as it was in the 30's, which is the time period for the first half of the play.
I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
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Play depicts the struggle of black actors to break into film and to leave the stereotypical roles behind. It's a light-weight comedy, spoofing Hollywood, the press, and would-be authors of historical interpretations. The way the different scenes...continued
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For more information on the life and times of Vera Stark, check out this biographical website (and sly theatrical companion), Rediscovering Vera Stark.
Check out a short pseudo-documentary on the elusive Ms. Stark, “A Leading Lady in a Maid’s Uniform.”
It’s Hollywood’s heyday and the streets of Los Angeles are filled with glitz, glamour and the chance at stardom — that is as long as you have the “right” look. But when former maid Vera Stark lands a groundbreaking role in a new Southern epic, she turns Hollywood on its head and paves the way for future generations of black actresses. More than five decades later, Vera’s influence on race, film and feminism has seeped its way into pop culture. But who is the real Vera Stark? Part comedy and part commentary, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s West Coast premiere uses today’s fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legend.
The running time for this play is 2 hours 15 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.