The House of Blue Leaves

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Farce

Characters: 4 male, 6 female

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Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas. Who is. 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. ...

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Overview

Farce

Characters: 4 male, 6 female

Interior Set

Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas. Who is. 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 home made-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.

Winner of the 1971 Critics Award and the Obie Award as Best American Play.

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

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

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This play by Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) has, since its 1971 off-Broadway premiere, won an ObieA Award, a New York Drama Critics CircleA Award, and four TonyA Awards. Set in 1975, it takes a humorous yet endearing look at issues of politics, religion, relationships, and mental illness. Actor Ron Leibman injects personality into the character of misguided Artie Shaughnessy, but it's actor Sharon Gless's tender, sincere, and evocative performance of Bananas that really steals the show. Another notch in the belt of L.A. Theatre Works, which continues with its track record of thoroughly excellent audio plays. [Audio clip available through www.latw.org; originally produced by L.A. Theatre Works on audiocassette in 1997 and since out of print.-Ed.]
—Lance Eaton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780573610288
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 84
  • Sales rank: 323,226
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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