Reasons to be Pretty

A non-sexual date was my Christmas present from my very good friend, Rob.  For my present he gave me an envelope with an invitation inside that stated “Nibbles and drinks followed by the Speak Easy Stage’s production of Reasons to be Pretty.”It was time for our non-sexual date on Thursday.  I met Rob on the freezing cold, sleety snowy Thursday evening after work at Sibling Rivalry (now closed). We met at the quiet bar and ordered some wine and perused the menu for some nibbles.  We decided on some bites to share and settled in for an hour before the show.  Excellent dishes.  Never at a loss for conversation.  I shared with Rob my dream of giving up work and moving to Napa to work in a winery.  Soon after I mentioned this, it was pointed out to me that I would have to try and live of $15K/year.  Oh well, the dream will remain just a dream for now. Off to the theater for what we both thought would be a comedy.  I am honestly not sure why we thought it was.  It turned out that “Reasons to be Pretty” is a rather dark and serious play with some funny scenes. I should have read the introduction to the play, which stated “This incendiary drama from Neil LaBute (Fat Pig, The Shape of Things) asks, “How much is ‘pretty’ worth?”  Sparked...

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