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Fine acting makes 'Reasons to Be Pretty' at Geffen Playhouse engaging
Fine acting makes 'Reasons to Be Pretty' at Geffen Playhouse engaging

New York is only three hours ahead of L.A., but in theatrical time, the distance often seems greater. Broadway events, like starlight from distant galaxies, can take years to reach us. Case in point: We’re still gathering evidence of a great emotional shift in the work of Neil LaBute, whose “Reasons to Be Pretty,” nominated for the Tony Award for best play in 2009, has at last arrived at the Geffen Playhouse, where it proves to be a humane, tenderhearted coming-of-age story.  Stay with me, here. Yes, LaBute’s examinations of narcissistic, sexually exploitative men and their female victims (the movies “In the Company of Men,” “Your Friends...

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