Reasons to be Pretty

Thursday, 11 June 2015 to Saturday, 27 June 2015

What is your reason to be pretty?  Our obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this perceptive and exhilarating comedy.   It is the third in Neil LaBute’s trilogy of plays that examines the male/female relationship in honest , arresting  and hilarious detail.  It follows The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. 

Fat Pig was a resounding success at the Bakehouse Theatre in 2013. It was nominated  for  “best show comedy” and was winner of “best male performance” (Daniel McKinnon) by the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards.

The Bakehouse Theatre celebrates the return of award winning Director Joh Hartog (who also directed The Shape of Things) in this brutal examination of the male/female relationship .

In a story that reminds us all of how we project on to each other what we expect, hope or want to be there, four young friends are about to find out if their relationships can survive a dose of harsh truths.  When  Carly reports to Steph that her boyfriend  Greg has described her as “regular” looking, there begins an examination of all of their relationships, with unexpected twists, turns and complications as La Bute explores our endless capacity for manipulation.

Listen to an interview on Radio Adelaide with the Director Joh Hartog and actor Clare Mansfield HERE

Warning: Course Language

"Another genuine, warm and emotionally true performance, that as all good actors must, finds the humour, finds the love and finds the conflict. A must see. Bravo! "
David Grybowski
“What a pity there are so many such people crowding out this world, we feel as we totter, exhausted, from the theatre. Nic Krieg holds the key to the play as hapless Greg.... He is a battered soul, out of his depth among the philistines. (he) simply breaks one's heart. Never did an actor colour a character with more shades of hurt... This brutish Labute play merits seeing for the Krieg of it"
Samela Harris - Barefoot Review
"LaBute’s script stimulates laughter even when we’re cringing. On the surface, it’s a coarse, nasty snapshot of human behaviour but not far beneath the surface is a well-realised statement that, even with atonement, it’s the good guys that reap the happiness."
Rod Lewis - Glam Adelaide


Adults $28, Conc $25, TREv $23, Groups (6+) $20, School Students $15, Previews $20
90 mins plus interval

Written by: Neil La Bute
Directed by: Joh Hartog (winner of Best Ensemble - Worlds End - Curtain Call Awards 2009)
Clare Mansfield (nominated for best female performance - East of Berlin 2013/2014)
David Hirst (Boys Life - nominated for best comedy 2010)
Nic Krieg (Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Innocence, State  of Affairs)
Krystal Brock (winner of Neil Curnow Award 2010)
Produced by: Pamela Munt
Lighting and Sound by: Stephen Dean
Photography by Micheal Errey

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, 12 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Opening night: 
Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, 19 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 20 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, 26 June 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 27 June 2015 - 8:00pm

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