The House of Blue Leaves

by  John Guare

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 6f

"Enchantingly zany and original farce." - The New York Times

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The House of Blue Leaves

by  John Guare

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

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    Tony, Obie, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

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Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zookeeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus, who’ll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn, with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1971 Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Play
    Winner! 1971 Obie Award, Best American Play
    Nominee! 1986 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Play

Reviews

"A brilliant play [...] beautifully fashioned [...] Wacky and sometimes sad [with] [...] combined hilarity, poignancy, outrageous stage aside and tragedy." - New York Daily News

"Enchantingly zany and original farce." - The New York Times

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: A cold apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City.

Casting

4m, 6f
ARTIE SHAUGHNESSY, 45 years old
RONNIE SHAUGHNESSY, 18 years old
BUNNY FLINGUS, 39 years old
BANANAS SHAUGHNESSY, 44 years old
CORRINNA STROLLER, 22 years old
BILLY EINHORN, 45 years old
THREE NUNS
A POLICEMAN
THE WHITE MAN
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Authors

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 ...

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The House of Blue Leaves premiered in 1966 at the Eugene O'Neil Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.

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