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Reasons to Be Happy

Reasons to Be Happy
Your Price: $19.50 CDN
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Overlook Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 112
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 1468307215
ISBN-13: 9781468307214

About the Play:

Reasons to Be Happy is a full-length comedic drama by Neil LaBute. A sequel to the critically-acclaimed Reasons to Be Pretty, the play catches up with the same quartet — Greg, Steph, Carly, Kent — a few years older, but not necessarily wiser. And don't worry if you haven't met them before there's more than enough humour and humanity to usher you into the second act of their lives.

Reasons to Be Happy begins three years after a contentious break-up, with Steph and Greg wondering if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she's married to someone else and he's just embarked on a relationship with Steph's best friend, Carly, a single mom whose jealous ex-husband, Kent, has trouble articulating his feelings – navigating the rocky landscape of conflicting agendas and exploding emotions isn't going to be easy for any of them. Reasons to Be Happy is a funny, surprising, and poignant play about the choices and sacrifices we are willing to make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal: happiness.

Reasons to Be Happy premiered Off-Broadway at MCC Theater in New York in 2013. It was directed by Neil LaBute.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Neil LaBute's chronicles of immoral moralizers have made him, arguably, the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today." — New York Magazine

"These working-class characters are in fine, foul-mouthed voice, thanks to the scribe's astonishing command of the sharp side of the mother tongue. But this time the women stand up for themselves and give as good as they get." — Variety

"...what may be the most winning romantic comedy of the summer, replete with love talk, LaBute-style." — The New York Times

"Intense, funny and touching." — Associated Press

"Terrifically entertaining." — Bloomberg

"LaBute is our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin-sick souls." — American Theatre Magazine

About the Playwright:

Neil LaBute is an award-winning American playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter. His plays include bash, Reasons to be Pretty (Tony Award nominated for best play), In a Forest, Dark and Deep, and Reasons to be Happy. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend. He is a 2013 recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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