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In Fireworks Lie Secret Codes - Full Length Play, Comedy

In Fireworks Lie Secret Codes

John Guare

Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822205609

The scene is a penthouse terrace on Manhattan's West Side, where a gro…

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The scene is a penthouse terrace on Manhattan's West Side, where a group of friends had gathered to watch the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display on the Hudson River. As they sip wine and call out the changing colors, they also reveal the unrest beneath their apparent ease: one of the two male lovers who share the penthouse has decided to return to his native England; another couple sheepishly admits that they are fleeing Manhattan life for suburban New Jersey. The play ends as it began—good friends exchanging amusing anecdotes in the spirit of relaxed companionship—but the glints of truth which have emerged make it clear that their lives are more troubled and uncertain than appearances might suggest.
One of the three plays selected by Edward Albee to initiate the one-act play festival of the newly formed Lincoln Center Theatre Company. Filled with the sharp and funny observations which are hallmarks of Mr. Guare's highly individual style, the play works on two levels as it captures both the surface glitter and underlying tensions of sophisticated New Yorkers at a penthouse cocktail party. "The center of the evening, and its high spot as playwriting." —Village Voice. "It is a masterful work." —Hollywood Reporter. "…gives evidence of this dramatist's irrepressible comic spirit." —The New Yorker.


3m, 2f

John Guare

John Guare

John Guare'splays include Lydie Breeze; Bosoms and Neglect; The House of Blue Leaves, which won an Obie and NY Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play of 1970- 71 and four Tonys in its 1986 Lincoln Center revival; Six Degrees of Separation, which received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award in 1991 for its LCT production and the Olivier Best Play Award in 1993. Grove Press publishes ... view full profile

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