Pretty show on at Phoenix Theatre

Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty, an examination of the modern obsession with external appearance

Security guard Carly (Alberta Holden) and her husband Kent (Alex Frankson) discuss finances on their lunch break in Reasons to Be Pretty

Director Christine Willes takes on Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty, an examination of the modern obsession with external appearance told through four 20-something blue collar workers. It’s also a play with great writing for women, Willes said.

“There’s beauty with the kind of generosity that we all admire in human beings, like kindness and generosity and ethics,” she said. “We’re constantly reminded that somebody can be externally beautiful and not so nice on the inside.”

Reasons to be Pretty is on at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre until Feb. 23.