Winter Theater

Reasons to be Pretty Takes Center Stage

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will present Neil LaBute’s  Reasons to be Pretty from Friday, January 11th through Sunday, January 27th at SCC’s Levitas Center for the Arts. 

Reasons to be Pretty was originally produced by MCC theater and premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel theater in June 2008 as the third installment of LaBute’s trilogy including The Shape of Things and Fat Pig.   It went on to win the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Pablo Schreiber) and the 2009 theater World Award as well as garnering three Tony Award nominations the same year. 

When Greg makes a seemingly harmless comment about his girlfriend Steph’s “regular” looking face, the comment gets back to Steph and sends their relationship over the deep end.  Greg’s life spirals out of control when Steph leaves him and he has to come to terms with what he has said.  Greg’s co-worker and best friend Kent is married to Steph’s best friend Carly and when things start collapsing in Steph and Greg’s life, Carly and kent are pulled in for the ride. Reasons to be Pretty deals with the pressures of what it means to be “pretty” and touches on how these four friends manage the fallout. 

Joan M. Lyons directs.  

Reasons to be Pretty features Bethany Dellapolla, Jonathan Fogarty, John Lovett and Bethany Trowbridge. 

Performances will run January 11 to January 27: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.,  and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the stage of The Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, across from Agawam Park.  General admission is $25 and student and group rates available.  Brunch/theater and dinner theater packages available at www.scc-arts.org or by calling 631.287.4377.  Reservations are encouraged.

On Golden Pond to Open at HTC

The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue embarks this month on a production of “On Golden Pond,” the 1979 story of an aging couple, Norman and Ethel Thayer, who contend with their circumstances during what may be their final season at their summer home on Golden Pond in Maine, reflecting on their relationships: to each other, to family, to aging, and to a life and a place defined by love. 

The play opens on Thursday, Jan. 10, with showtimes on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Jan. 27, with a special Saturday matinee Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Andrew Botsford directs this production, with a cast that includes Paul Bolger, Jane Cortney, Ian Hubbard, George Loizides, Diana Marbury and Wally Marzano-Lesnevich.

During the year the story takes place, Norman and Ethel are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. 

The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.

 Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 under 35 or $10 for students, available online at hamptontheatre.org. 

Hampton Theatre Company productions are held at the Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Ave., Quogue. The theater can be reached at 631.653.8955.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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