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The Characters of "Reasons to Be Pretty"

By February 19, 2013

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Reasons to Be Pretty is a hard-edged comedy written by Neil LaBute. It is the third and final installment of a trilogy (The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, and Reasons to Be Pretty). The trio of plays are connected not by characters or plot but by the recurring theme of body image within American society.

Steph represents the central argument of the play. Throughout the story, she is furious. She feels emotionally wounded by her boyfriend -- who believes that her face is "regular" (which she views as a way of saying that she is not beautiful).  Greg, the protagonist, spends most of his life trying to explain his good (yet misunderstood) intentions to others. Like other leading men in Neil LaBute plays, he far more affable and good-natured than the male supporting characters (who are always foul-mouthed jerks). In spite of his low-key, likable nature, Greg somehow evokes anger from the rest of the characters.

Meet the rest of the characters of Neil LaBute's play, Reasons to Be Pretty.


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