In a society as beauty-obsessed as ours, the fairly simple story that playwright Neil LaBute tells in “Reasons to Be Pretty” rings true in ways that can be discomfiting.
The comic drama, which premiered on Broadway in 2009, is directed here by Susi Damilano in a stellar SF Playhouse production. Both funny and sad, it reveals, in stark relief, the often unattractive vulnerabilities of its all-too-human characters. Read More
Private investigator Lili (a luminous Lauren English) is a lovelorn lesbian. Her dysfunctional sister, Mary (Maggie Mason, charmingly hyperactive), who imagines herself as Joan of Arc, is on the lam. Their mother, Eleanor (a powerfully focused Lorri Holt), is missing in action, but we know where she is: on a solitary wilderness expedition to reinvent herself. Read More
Playwright Claire Chafee has a gift. A good one in fact, because any writer that can make audiences laugh at the emotional roller coasters they find themselves on in life, is downright ingenious. Welcome to “Why We Have A Body,” the hit play that took The City by storm back in 1993 and is now being revived.With previews beginning Wednesday, the show, directed by Katie Pearl, runs through Oct. 2 at the Magic Theatre, where it all began. Read More
The timing couldn’t have been better. The folks at San Francisco Playhouse may not have planned it that way, but giving “Reborning” its world premiere on the eve of Mother’s Day seemed to add an extra layer of resonance to Zayd Dohrn’s compelling dark comedy. Read More