Tag Archives: John Guare
The House of Blue Leaves gets as funny and touching a production from Palm Beach Dramaworks as anyone can ask for. Its virtues include superb direction, a flawless creative team and a wall-to-wall cast of actor-clowns willing to bury themselves inside the off-kilter and flawed characters.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is reviving the funny, poignant The House of Blue Leaves about a Queens family whose life is turned inside out when the Pope visits NYC in 1965. Ordinary people spurred by the papal visit will seek validation of their own worth by pursuing celebrity for themselves – or at least vicariously by their idol worship.
For some reason, Six Degrees of Separation has fallen off the radar of regional theaters mounting semi-contemporary plays that depict and dissect the angsty zeitgeist of modern life. But the Broadway revival at the Barrymore was a clear reminder that companies in South Florida ought to consider this trenchant expose of 50 Shades of Neediness.