REASONS TO BE PRETTY - ACIDLY EXPLOSIVE
Nothing could be more human in this four-character drama. There is the handsome Greg (Craig Marker), who reads books a lot during his break at the Warehouse where he works. He may get a lot from reading books -- but he sure doesn't know how to get along with his girlfriend Steph (Lauren English). Greg puts her down about her looks and the way she dresses. Steph is suffering in her mind. She believes that Greg is hitting on a girl that works in the factory. You can't help fut feel sorry for Steph. Guys, hardly tell you the real facts. I'm sure that Greg is eyeing everything that walks. That's not to say he he follows up on what he thinks -- but like most men -- their eyes never slow down. But they hold back on the talk. Trust those eyes? I wouldn't!
As the story gets more tangled - Steph and Greg fight to put the pieces back together. And there is more to this drama. Greg's friend Kent (Patrick Russell) is a real sexist piglet - who cheats on (Jennifer Stuckert) his wife. He makes obscene remarks about her pregnancy (Kents Fault of course). It gets more explosive, as this clash between human beings seem to go on forever.
Take a good look at the Characters on the stage. You've seen and heard them all before. That's what life is all about. Nothing is ever perfect. La Bute's Play is right on target. His words bring out the most likable lovers some of the time - and on the other side, men are still out there looking for something different. And Greg and Ken? Well, it doesn't look like their friendship is going to work.
La Bute's play is finely wrought. Watch those corners and passageways. "YOU WILL BE DISCUSSING IT FOR DAYS!"
****You won't find stars like this very often. Wow! Great Performers: Lauren English, Craig Marker, Patrick Russell and Jennifer Stuckert.
NOW PLAYING AT THE SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE THRU MAY 11.
****Tremendous Directing by: Susi Damilano
Written by Neil LaButte
NOTE: "Reasons To Be Pretty" Will soon launch a Broadway version of "Reasons' in New York. Why wait - see it now in SF.
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