The producers of MCC Theater’s Broadway transfer of Reasons to be Pretty by playwright Neil LaBute have announced the cancellation of three matinee preview performances due to scheduling conflicts. The show’s March 15 matinee was canceled, as are upcoming afternoon performances on March 18 and March 21. Reasons to be Pretty, directed by Terry Kinney, is currently in previews at the Lyceum Theatre, with opening night set for April 2.
According to a press statement, cast newcomer and leading man Steven Pasquale and director Kinney both have long-standing television commitments to uphold Pasquale to shoot for the hit series Rescue Me and Kinney for the series The Unusuals. The canceled performances will allow both additional time to rehearse the show before its scheduled opening.
The third play in LaBute’s trilogy of works on the country’s obsession with beauty, Reasons to be Pretty follows a tightknit circle of factory workers as Greg Thomas Sadoski is thrown into turmoil when his off-hand remarks about a female co-worker's pretty face and his girlfriend's lack thereof get back to said girlfriend Marin Ireland. When Greg's best buddy Kent Pasquale and Kent's wife, Carly Piper Perabo, also enter into the picture, the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated.
Reasons to be Pretty received its New York premiere at the Lucille Lortel Theatre last season, starring Perabo, Sadoski, Allison Pill and Pablo Schreiber. The production features scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by David Weiner, music and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen and fight direction by Manny Siverio.