Wednesday, June 18, 2008

LaBute's Play About La Beauts Broadway Bound

LaBute's Play About La Beauts Broadway Bound

According to Variety, MCC's Off-Broadway production of Reasons To Be Pretty will transfer to Broadway early next year. This will mark the Great White Way debut for a work by playwright Neil LaBute.

Under the direction of Steppenwolf founder Terry Kinney, the current castmembers Piper Perabo, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski and Pablo Schreiber will all be part of the Main Stem incarnation, which will be produced there by three of the individuals responsible for bringing August: Osage County to New York: Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards and Steve Traxler.

The last time Kinney helmed a show on Broadway, it was the Tony-winning revival of Steppenwolf's One Flew Over A Cuckoo's Nest back in 2001. More recently, he's directed the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's haunting post 9/11 play The Well Appointed Room at Steppenwolf in 2006. That production starred Kate Arrington, Josh Charles and a couple actors you may have heard of recently named Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.

Anything Kinney directs, I'll be interested in seeing, and given it's Neil LaBute with a cast including Alison Pill? Are you kidding? I'll be there!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 19 June, 2008, Blogger Aaron Riccio said...

What I'll be waiting to see is if LaBute bothers to clean up any of the problems in the script before putting it on Broadway. I used to be a huge LaBute fan, but after "Reasons To Be Pretty" and his one-act "The Great War" at EST, I'm of the opinion that he doesn't care about perfection: as soon as he finds a producer, that's the final draft. (Unfortunately for him and his latest works, he's a hot ticket with a lock at MCC, so his new plays seem ill-revised.) I'll still be waiting to see what he does with the big God in '09 at MCC, but just like November, I'm disappointed with Rice Krispies dialogue (that is, it snaps, pops, and crackles, and that's it).

At 19 June, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Aaron, Thanks for your ever-insightful comments.

To be honest, I have not had an opportunity to see anything from LaBute since The Shape Of Things - which I thought was genius, by the way - so I'll be curious to hear whether Reasons To Be Pretty changes.

Judging from what you've said, it may not be likely.


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