Neil LaBute will make his long overdue Broadway debut with Reasons to Be Pretty, a play starring the glorious Alison Pill, Piper Perabo, Thomas Sadoski and Pablo Schreiber. All the actors, currently performing at the Off Broadway Lucille Lortel Theater, will return for the move to the Rialto next year, with performances slated to begin on Feb. 13, 2009 according to Variety.
Story centers on a man (Sadoski) whose casual comment about a co-worker’s attractiveness wreaks havoc in his personal life.
LaBute, the multihyphenate whose feature helming credits include “In the Company of Men” and “Nurse Betty,” has a theater CV that includes “The Shape of Things,” “Fat Pig” and “Bash: Latter-Day Plays.”
LaBute is resident playwright at MCC, which has staged six of his plays. The playwright considers “Reasons” to be the final seg in a thematically linked trilogy that also includes “Shape of Things” and “Fat Pig,” both of which MCC produced in Gotham.
The last MCC production to move to Broadway was Bryony Lavery’s “Frozen” in 2004. The nonprofit org also found commercial success with an Off Broadway transfer of its 1998 production of Margaret Edson’s “Wit.”
The current incarnation of “Reasons,” the play’s world preem, closes at the Lucille Lortel on July 5.
Rehearsals for the Broadway version are skedded to begin on Jan. 26 ahead of previews that begin Feb. 13, with an official opening yet to be determined. Show’s Rialto venue will be determined in the coming months as the hits and misses of the 2008-09 season shape up.