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Playwrights Horizons celebrated the world-premiere opening of Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka March 10. Directed by Leah C. Gardiner and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, the new play kicks off in the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, where Akim's true, perfect beauty leads her friends into a jealous and dangerous frenzy.

The cast of If Pretty Hurts, which began performances February 15, is made up of Rotimi Agbabiaka, Maechi Aharanwa, Jason Bowen, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Ian Duff, Níkẹ Uche Kadri, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sitole, and Carla R. Stewart.

Read reviews for the Off-Broadway production below.

New York Magazine / Vulture (Sara Holdren)

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

New York Times (Jesse Green)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Check back for updates.

If Pretty Hurts is scheduled through March 31. The creative team for the world premiere also includes Louisa Thompson (scenic designer), Dede M. Ayite (costume designer), Matt Frey (lighting designer), Ian Scot (original music and sound designer), Alyssa K. Howard (production stage manager), and Noah Silva (assistant stage manager).

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