Reasons to be Pretty

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822223948

Category: Drama

Page: 63

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THE STORY: A love story about the impossibility of love, REASONS TO BE PRETTY introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions t

Reasons to Be Pretty

A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429996235

Category: Drama

Page: 152

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In Reasons to Be Pretty, Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker's pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph's lack thereof get back to Steph. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy, Kent, and Kent's wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth? Neil LaBute's bristling new comic drama puts the final ferocious cap on a trilogy of plays that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. America's obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work.

reasons to be happy

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 0822230054

Category: Drama

Page: 67

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THE STORY: Three years after a contentious break-up, Steph and Greg are 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 Pretty Happy: A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468317091

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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“Intense, funny, and touching . . .” —Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press (Reasons To Be Happy) After five years in New York City, Greg and Steph return to their hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons To Be Pretty Happy, Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons To Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons To Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be? In this essential new American play, Neil LaBute concludes his brilliant and penetrating “Reasons” trilogy with perfect clarity and enormous heart, capturing and refracting that moment in his characters’ lives—and in our own as well—when they finally land on a “pretty good” version of happiness. Reasons To Be Pretty Happy had its world premiere at MCC Theater in a benefit reading that featured Paul Rudd, Amber Tamblyn, Norbert Leo Butz, Jennifer Mudge and was directed by Neil LaBute.

This Is How It Goes

A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0571211550

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Belinda and Cody Phipps appear to be a typical Midwestern couple, but as the battle for Belinda's affections is waged, they frankly question the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to a swath of bigotry, deception, and betrayal.

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

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Author: The Oatmeal,Matthew Inman

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9781449406752

Category: Humor

Page: 160

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In Matthew Inman's New York Times best selling 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides), samurai sword-wielding kittens and hamsters that love .50-caliber machine guns commingle with a cracked out Tyrannosaur that is extremely hard to potty train. Bacon is better than true love and you may awake in the middle of the night to find your nephew nibbling on your toes. Inman creates these quirky scenes for theoatmeal.com, which launched in July 2009 and already has more than 82 million page views. In fact, every 15 to 30 seconds, someone Googles one of theoatmeal.com's creations. Now, 60 of Inman's comic illustrations and life-bending guides are presented in full-color inside 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides). Consider such handy advice as: 4 Reasons to Carry a Shovel at All Times, 6 Types of Crappy Hugs, 8 Ways to Tell if Your Loved One Plans to Eat You, 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat, and 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer.

Seams to Me

24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

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Author: Anna Maria Horner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470259264

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 176

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Furnishing a fresh new approach to sewing, a colorful handbook provides complete coverage of sewing basics, essential techniques and equipment, fabric and color selection, and twenty-four patterns for creative projects designed to appeal to the novice and veteran alike, including home accents, clothing, accessories, and more.

Bad Dates

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Author: Theresa Rebeck

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573630477

Category: Drama

Page: 46

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Comedy Character: 1 female Interior Set "And then I realize, in this sort of strange, hallucinatory moment, that the bug guy is looking kind of good, and the things he's saying about bugs are really kind of fascinating and it is then that I realized that maybe it has been too long since I've been on a date."--So confesses a single mother and self-described restaurant idiot-savant in this thoroughly charming and slyly sweet one-woman play by the author of The Butterfly Collection and Spike Heels. This idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery involving the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, a teenage daughter, shoes, and a few very bad dates enjoyed an extended run Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons starring Julie White.

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times

And Other Plays

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1593762828

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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Neil LaBute burst onto the American theater scene in 1989 with his controversial debut work Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. Set in a barroom in Anytown USA and populated by a series of everymen (and two beleaguered everywomen), this series of frank exchanges explores the innumerable varieties of American intolerance. A unique snapshot of the times, the play — seldom allowed production by the author since — provides a compelling look at the early thinking and evolution of one of our great theater artists. Also in this collection is a series of new, short works, some never before produced. They include “The New Testament,” a showbiz satire that takes a close look at the perils of color-blind casting, and “The Furies,” in which a woman helps navigate her brother’s breakup with his out-and-then-perhaps, in-the-closet-again lover.

Happy for No Reason

7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out

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Author: Marci Shimoff,Carol Kline

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416547738

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Everyone wants to be happy--yet so many people are unhappy today. What are they doing wrong? Clearly, a new approach is needed. Self-help guru Shimoff presents three new ideas and a practical program to change the way readers look at creating happiness in their lives: 1. Happiness is not an emotion, a spike of elation or euphoria, but a lasting, neuro-physiological state of peace and well-being. 2. True happiness is not based on what people do or have--it doesn't depend on external reasons or circumstances. 3. Research indicates that everyone has a happiness set-point. No matter what happens to a person, they will tend to return to a set range of happiness. This book shows how you can actually reprogram your set-point to a higher level.--From publisher description.

Looking for Normal

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Author: Jane Anderson,Dramatists Play Service (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822218579

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 69

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THE STORY: Roy and Irma have been married for twenty-five years. They have two children. They live in the heartland. They're respected members of their church and their community. When Roy and Irma go to their pastor for marriage counseling, Roy co

Scab

A Comic Drama in Two Acts

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Author: Sheila Callaghan

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 0573696713

Category: Drama

Page: 76

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A lively new roommate, Christa, has a profound effect on the depressed Anima.

Bash: Three Plays

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468305085

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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A trio of brilliantly scathing plays by the renowned writer-director of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors. With the success of his first two films, In The Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, writer-director Neil LaBute has been hailed as a first-rate dramatic talent with a caustic wit reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick. bash—a collection of three stunning one-act plays that mark LaBute’s return to the New York stage after ten years—forms a trio of unforgettable personal accounts: in Medea Redux, a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her grade school English teacher; in Iphigenia in Orem, a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room, confessing a most chilling crime; and in A Gaggle of Saints, a young Mormon couple separately recounts the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City. All three are unblinking portraits of the complexities of evil in everyday life, exhibiting LaBute’s signature raw lyrical intensity.

I'd Rather Be Short

100 Reasons Why It's Great to Be Small

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Author: Becky Murphy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698146905

Category: Humor

Page: 112

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"5'1 is the new 6'2, and Becky's book proves it." –Kristen Bell Leggy supermodels and pro basketball players be warned: being tall doesn’t mean you’re always a step up in life Graphic designer Becky Murphy is five-foot-nothing and proud to be petite. Sure, sometimes being diminutive gets you the short end of the stick, but there are also plenty of unique advantages to being under 5’4”—and Murphy has compiled the 100 best reasons in the delightfully whimsical I’d Rather Be Short. Illustrated in a charming, quirky style, I’d Rather Be Short highlights the benefits of being petite, from the sensible to the absurd, including: · You get the best of both worlds: kids’ meals and cocktail parties · You’re never expected to help your friends move · Concertgoers usually won’t hassle you when you shimmy up to the front · You’re less likely to get struck by lightning · Skirts can be dresses; dresses can be skirts · You’re just the way you should be Witty and heartwarming, I’d Rather Be Short is a celebration of self-acceptance—and an instant ego boost to pint-sized ladies everywhere.

Thirteen Reasons Why

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Author: Jay Asher

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1595147888

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 352

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Includes an introduction by the author, alternate ending, early notes and ideas, deleted scenes, discussion guide, and town map on reverse side of jacket.

Reasons to Believe

How to Understand, Explain, And Defend the Catholic Faith

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Author: Scott Hahn

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385509359

Category: Religion

Page: 227

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A study of the hows and whys of the Catholic faith draws on scriptural passages, personal experience, and everyday life to offer a straightforward, thought-provoking response to common criticisms of Catholicism. 40,000 first printing.

The Assembled Parties

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Author: Richard Greenberg

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559364769

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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A funny, heartwarming play about the way time changes those we love.

One Hundred and One Reasons why I'm a Vegetarian

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Author: Pamela Rice

Publisher: Lantern Books

ISBN: 9781590560754

Category: Cooking

Page: 253

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Most people have probably heard at least one reason-perhaps several-for adopting a vegetarian diet. 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian is a veritable one-stop shop for ethical, ecological, health-related, social, and economic arguments that challenge conventional views about what humans should eat. After conducting years of research in industry periodicals, government documents, expert opinion, and the mainstream media, Pamela Rice, founder of the Vegetarian Center of New York City, has built the strongest support of vegetarianism to date. A work of prodigious scholarship and dedication, presented with wit and skill, 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian is sure to become the handy reference work for vegetarians who want to give their meat-eating friends one book that explains why they do what they do, and for meat-eaters who want to understand all the arguments for a meatless diet. Book jacket.

Fat Pig

A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429998680

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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Author: Jaron Lanier

Publisher: Henry Holt

ISBN: 125019668X

Category: Computers

Page: 160

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"You might have trouble imagining life without your social media accounts, but virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier insists that we're better off without them. In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Lanier, who participates in no social media, offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave these dangerous online platforms"--