The time is 1999, the place an island off the coast of Norway. Stony McBride, a young movie director and adopted son of an aging Hollywood star, is writing a film about Marco Polo, in which, it is hoped, his father will make a comeback. Stony is also attempting to deal with his attractive wife, a former concert pianist whose lover, a dynamic young politician who has gotten hold of the cure for cancer, is also on hand. Adding to the rapidly multiplying complications are Stony's mother (a transsexual, as she later confesses); a friend named Frank (who has been in space orbit for the past five years); a maid (who is impregnated astrally by Frank); and another friend, Larry (who is fitted with a set of mechanical legs). There is also an earthquake; the discovery of a planet; and the birth of a new hero (Stony himself?); all coming together, within the bizarre action of the play, to yield some chilling, albeit very funny, glimpses of the future that may await us all.
First presented by New York's Public Theater, this brilliant absurdist comedy offers an antic and sometimes disquieting glimpse of what the future may hold. "Mr. Guare is one of our most inventive playwrights. He has a great wit and, perhaps more importantly for the theater, an immaculate sense of the ridiculous…a brilliantly absurdist comedy of ideas." —NY Times. "…one of the most fertile magpie comic imaginations in the theatre today." —The New Yorker.