Neil LaBute’s romcom, Reasons To Be Happy, is to make its UK premiere at London’s Hampstead Theatre in March.
Reasons to be Happy, directed by Michael Attenborough, follows the lives and loves of four friends as they desperately search for that most elusive goal in life: happiness.
The play is a companion piece to Reasons to be Pretty, which was also directed by Attenborough in 2011 when he was artistic director of the Almeida.
Three years after a difficult breakup, Steph and Greg are wondering if they can start over again. The trouble is, she’s now married to someone else and he’s started a relationship with Carly – her best friend. Meanwhile, Carly’s ex-husband, Kent, wants her back, even more so when he hears about her new romance with Greg – his best friend.
Neil LaBute’s witty drama explores “unfinished business”. Even though couples break up and friends drift apart, certain relationships never really cease. But does stepping backwards ever bring true happiness? Or is it actually sometimes the only way to secure it?
As emotions run high, all four soon find themselves entangled in a web of hidden agendas, half-truths and confusion in their pursuit of a happy life.
Neil LaBute’s other plays include Reasons to be Pretty, bash, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Some Girls. His films include In the Company of Men (winner of the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty and The Shape of Things – a film adaptation of his play by the same title.
Reasons to Be Happy, Michael Attenborough’s his fourth collaboration with Neil LaBute, runs at Hampstead Theatre from March 17-April 24.