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This show closed on March 31, 2019

About If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.

*Note: Late seating and re-entry for show are strictly limited.*

Critic’s Pick! “Beauty, Blackness, and Beyoncé. Tori Sampson’s delicious new play is an auspicious professional playwriting debut.”

—Jesse Green, The New York Times

“If Pretty Hurts is full of winking whimsy and frightening recognitions — it’s got teeth.”

—Sara Holdren, New York Magazine

Run Time

1 hour 50 minutes, no intermission

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Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Playwrights Horizons

416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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