Reasons To Be Pretty


By Neil Labute

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! May 12 – Jun. 5, 2011

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Kari Goetz and Dayton Sinkia in Jobsite's Reasons to be Pretty. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)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 says something stupid to his best friend, and when it gets back to her all hell breaks loose.

A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, reasons to be pretty is the final act in the trilogy including The Shape of Things and Fat Pig.

“… flows with the compelling naturalness of overheard conversation. ” – The New York Times

“It is tight, tense and emotionally true, and it portrays characters who actually seem part of the world that the rest of us live in.” – Time Magazine

“Dayton Sinkia gives a near-perfect performance, one so definitive that I can’t imagine [Greg] played by any other actor … Kari Goetz as Steph is also superb, passionately upset by Greg’s remarks and very funny as she tries gamely to restore her lost dignity…. See it with someone you find gorgeous.” – Creative Loafing

“Jobsite brought Neil Labute’s Tony nominated play to life in a palpable and refreshingly forward thinking manner I’ve come to expect. Jobsite’s wonderfully gifted cast shines once again in this alarmingly relevant production…. I thoroughly enjoyed reasons to be pretty.” – OnstageTampa

“Jobsite’s reasons to be pretty has plenty of rewards. Few playwrights have LaBute’s gift for dialogue, and the writing in the play’s most memorable scenes are indeed masterful.” – St. Petersburg Times

“The acting was superb and the fight scenes beautifully choreographed…” – Found Randomly



Jobsite Theater presents production of ‘reasons to be pretty’ at Straz Center – St. Petersburg Times

Reality play plumbs depths of love – St. Petersburg Times

Reasons to see ‘reasons’ – USF Oracle

Reasons to be Pretty by Neil Labute – Tampa Entertainment Guide


The Ensemble of Jobsite's Reasons to be Pretty. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)Dayton Sinkia and Kari Goetz in Jobsite's Reasons to be Pretty. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)Chris Jackson and Grace Feeney in Jobsite's Reasons to be Pretty. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)Dayton Sinkia and Chris Jackson in Jobsite's Reasons to be Pretty. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Assistant Director


  • Kari Goetz – Steph
  • Chris Jackson – Kent
  • Grace Santos Feeney – Carly
  • Dayton Sinkia – Greg
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Bridgette Dreher – Scenic Artist
  • Alexandra Gonzalez – Intern
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Greg Newcomb – Poster Artist
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

Patron Reviews

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Fantastic show. Very entertaining, and great acting. – Alex Algari

Was GREAT! – Cheryl Blocker

Loved the show! Actors did an excellent job as always. – Kelly Lamb Feinerman

AMAZING show tonight! Everyone ROCKED! it made my heart happy 😉 thank you for an great evening! – Jaime Giangrande-Holcom

Saw it last night. Great show!! – Sandra Corona Johnson

Really enjoyed last night! What a great performance! – Carolyn Day

Enjoyed the show! Congratulations on your opening! – Jess Alexander

Wow. Great. What a character study. I knew all those people. Superb performance, guys. – Jim Bowman

reasons to be pretty was another exhibition of excellence from Jobsite on the heels of their masterful Yellowman. The caliber of talent in this area is so high it is embarrassing. Some very real, honest, intense emotions displayed on stage. And a Canadian! – David Hood

Go see Jobsite Theater’s play reasons to be pretty!!!!!! It is a funny play!!! – Beth Hyde Hood

Wonderful job last night! – Molly Healy

Nothing like a LaBute play to make you think about how you talk to your partner. Thanks once again, Jobsite, for a powerful, thoughtful performance. – Susan Oliver

Congratulations to Jobsite Theater for another well-done play, reasons to be pretty. BRAVO! – Bob Westphal

It was a great show, very funny and that cast was amazing and very talented! Everyone should go see it! – Frankie Del Roasario

It’s a great play and the actors are all great. – Aly Gee

reasons to be pretty was a fantastic show. Go see it. Now. – Alexander Michael McGreevy

Just saw a fantastic play, reasons to be pretty at the Jobsite Theater. (Go see it!) – Kelly O’Brien

Saw reasons to be pretty today. Painful. Funny. Brilliant performances. Some of the best work I’ve seen out of already impressive folks. – Michael McGreevy

Saw reasons to be pretty on Friday night. Awesome play! Good job everyone! The actors were amazing! – Brandon Schuster

reasons to be pretty was one of the best shows I’ve seen at Jobsite. Great job cast and crew! – Jen Marshall

The show was fantastic! Keep it up! – Fontaine Schroyer

i had the pleasure of watching my two awesome friends, Grace Feeney and Dayton Sinkia bring their characters to life tonight in Neil Labute’s reasons to be pretty at Jobsite Theater… and love love loved every second of it – Janine Phan

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My wife and I enjoyed it greatly. You guys do tremendous work. – Sanford Betz

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