Elyse Singer and Neil LaBute Take On Prettiness

Two new American plays argue against the 'virtues' of female beauty

Secret-weapon glamour girl:  Erica Newhouse  and Joseph Urla in  Frequency Hopping
Dixie Sheridan
Secret-weapon glamour girl: Erica Newhouse and Joseph Urla in Frequency Hopping

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Frequency Hopping
By Elyse Singer
3LD Art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street
212-352-3101

reasons to be pretty
By Neil LaBute
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
212-279-4200

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Actually, beauty's vastly important: Ancients like Plato insisted that appreciation of a beautiful body was the first step toward philosophy; our contemporary Elaine Scarry suggests that beauty may lead us to social justice. Besides, beauty's almost invariably a source of pleasure—a much surer source than a play by LaBute.

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