Infinithéâtre presents


Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks Selection for 2023/24
By Michaela Di Cesare
Directed by Caitlin Murphy

Lara’s beauty always served her well, even bringing her fame on reality television. That is until a violent car crash interrupts Lara’s stardom and leaves her disfigured. Desperate to help, her overwrought mom reaches out to a prodigal craniofacial surgeon, who promises to restore Lara’s face in a groundbreaking clinical trial.

We’ve all heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What if your reality show-winning beauty – your one-way ticket out of St-Leonard – was suddenly in the hands of the nerd you bullied in high school? This is the situation recently disfigured (and formerly beautiful) Lara finds herself in when prodigious surgeon Sam Gagliardi is the only person who might be able to save her face.

A nurse at the hospital offers to work on the case even though it means delaying her own gender-affirming surgery. Meanwhile, Lara’s supportive younger sister with Down Syndrome pursues her own dreams of independence. As Lara’s face is rebuilt, all the outward appearances these characters have been clinging to are demolished.

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