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Reasons To Be Pretty Happy

Neil LaBute

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1708-4
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8 1/4"
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“Intense, funny, and touching . . .” ―Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press (Reasons To Be Happy)

After five years in New York City, Greg and Steph return to their hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons To Be Pretty Happy, Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons To Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons To Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be?

In this essential new American play, Neil LaBute concludes his brilliant and penetrating “Reasons” trilogy with perfect clarity and enormous heart, capturing and refracting that moment in his characters’ lives―and in our own as well―when they finally land on a “pretty good” version of happiness.

Reasons To Be Pretty Happy had its world premiere at MCC Theater in a benefit reading that featured Paul Rudd, Amber Tamblyn, Norbert Leo Butz, Jennifer Mudge and was directed by Neil LaBute.

Praise for Reasons To Be Pretty
"Reasons To Be Pretty will make you feel, and think, more deeply. No contemporary writer has more astutely captured the brutality in everyday conversation and behavior: That kind of insight requires sensitivity and soul-searching." USA Today

Praise for Reasons To Be Happy
"Mr. LaBute is more related as a playwright than he's ever been. He is clearly having a good time revisiting old friends . . . the most romantic comedy of the summer, replete with love talk, Labute-style, which isn't so far from hate talk." The New York Times

Neil LaBute's plays include bash, Reasons to Be Happy, The Money Shot, and The Way We Get By. His films include In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, The Shape of Things, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend. Television includes Billy & Billie and Van Helsing. He is a Lucille Lortel Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee and a recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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