A Book By Its Cover

The local theater season has commenced, and Stray Cat Theatre is celebrating this fact with the third installment of Neil Labute’s trilogy about the importance of how we look. Reasons To Be Pretty follows The Shape of Things and Fat Pig (both plays Stray Cat has previously produced) in that trilogy, and concerns itself with four middle class friends who bicker, make love, and represent, in Labute’s style, American culture’s preoccupation with physical appearance.

With Reasons, Labute brings us his usual commentaries on the piggish behavior of men and the ways in which vanity (here depicted as a largely female trait) can feed the monster called Objectification.

First Sunday of every month, 2 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through Oct. 8, 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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