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New Yorkers Have Some Reasons to Be Pretty

If there's a male playwright who understands what it's like for women to live and love in a shallow culture, it's Neil LaBute. His 1997 film In the Company of Men is a blistering portrait of misogyny, and his play Fat Pig examines fat phobia in a way that left me speechless (but later gave me days' worth of issues to talk about). His latest play, reasons to be pretty, is now playing on Broadway.

The plot revolves around Greg and Steph, a couple whose relationship implodes after Steph finds out that Greg described her as having a "regular" face. After the split, Greg attempts to understand how our views of physical beauty shape our self-esteem, our relationships, and our experiences. The play is earning positive reviews, so if you're into examining the beauty ideal while taking in some thee-ay-tuh, snap up tickets.

To see a (vaguely NSFW) promotional video featuring regular Janes and Joes talking about their body image,


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naloucas naloucas 8 years
The video was cute. The play was awful.
Mariannie Mariannie 8 years
That was hilarious!
austerity austerity 8 years
Wow, what a mean boyfriend!
belladande belladande 8 years
Oooh, ticket giveaway soon??
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
that was funny. i love the guy that said west village and Chelsea are two different prices for wearing a thong in public. LOL. I just envisioned both those areas and agree YEP big price difference!
bananapancake84 bananapancake84 8 years
I saw the play and really didn't like it due to the acting. In my opinion it was wayy over-acted. The script was okay, but I'm kind of tired of hearing about our suffering body image.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
This was funny.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
lots of Angelina Jolie love; I'd like to make it to NYC to see this
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
Haha i love it
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Darn it I'm at work.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Very very interesting... I love to read about us crazy Americans and our obsessions to be perfect, so maybe I'll check his work out...
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