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.
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2023-24 Brave New Looks Selection - Centaur Theatre
Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks Selection for 2023/24
By Michaela Di Cesare
Directed by Caitlin Murphy
Louise has Down Syndrome and yearns for more autonomy – like moving into an independent living facility with her boyfriend. Louise’s sister Lara found fame through a reality dating show that generated a large social media following. When Lara has a car accident that disfigures her conventionally beautiful face, she moves back home to live with Louise and their single mom, Angie. Dr. Sam Gagliardi, a prodigy in the craniofacial surgery realm who happens to have gone to high school with Lara, offers to restore her face as part of a clinical trial for a new reconstructive procedure. Beauté, a nurse at the hospital and superfan of Lara’s, begs to work on the case even though it means delaying her own gender-affirming surgery. As Lara’s face gets rebuilt, all the outward appearances these characters have been clinging to get demolished.