Neil LaBute's play Reasons To Be Pretty at the Almeida opens with an almighty row going on between couple Greg (Tom Burke) and Steph (Sian Brooke) which takes rather a long time to get to the cause of the argument. And when it does - a comment made by Greg to his friend Kent (Kieran Bew) along the lines of yes that other woman is very pretty but I wouldn't swap her for my normal looking girlfriend - it just seems petty.
Indeed Steph's hysterical response culminating in throwing a hairbrush at Greg which rebounded off the set wall and nearly took out someone on the front row just seems ridiculous and extremely irritating. She is just one of three really irksome characters.
Kent, with whom Greg works at a Costco warehouse, presumably would have been frat boy had he gone to college and is an obnoxious, superficial, letch who is having an affair with a young female colleague. His pretty pregnant wife Carly (Billie Piper) has overheard the inflammatory comment and told Steph. She is bitchy, selfish and two-faced - well they all are, apart from Greg.
I hadn't even made half way to the interval when I wanted to shoot the three of them and rescue Greg (well it is Tom Burke). But, and here's the dilemma, I was laughing too and curiosity about where it might go got me back into my seat for the second half.