The House of Blue Leaves
Silver Spring Stage
10145 Colesville Road Silver Spring
A brilliant play, beautifully fashioned, sometimes wacky and sometimes sad, combines hilarity, poignancy, outrageousness, and tragedy by one of America's finest playwrights: John Guare. A songwriter with visions of glory toils by day as a zookeeper and by night sings at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife. Meanwhile, downstairs lives his mistress. Chaos ensues one day when the Pope makes his first visit to the city; the songwriter's soldier son Ronny goes AWOL; an old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, shows up with his starlet girlfriend in tow; and a group of nuns all descend on the apartment. See this enchanting, zany farce at the Silver Spring Stage.
Thru - Aug 4, 2018
The House of Blue Leaves Reviews
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MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended
"...This dark comedy is fast-paced and musical. You'll laugh but you'll also leave thinking and hopefully be talking about bigger issues."
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Theatre Bloom - Highly Recommended
"...It's 1965 and your music career hasn't quite turned out the way you thought, the pope's come to town, your freshly drafted son has gone AWOL, your mistress is trying to drag you down to the street side to see his holiness, and your wife has gone bananas, or rather is Bananas. And then the nuns arrive. It sounds like a zany barrel of laughs, but there's a much deeper and unsettling darkness happening inside the walls of Artie Shaughnessy's apartment in Sunnyside, Queens in New York City. The House of Blue Leaves is a disturbingly brilliant, dark dramedy that intensely probes the mind of the audience with its examination of mental illness and the way it impacts the human condition. Directed by Matt J. Bannister and now appearing at Silver Spring Stage to close the main-stage portion of their 50th anniversary season, this evocative and thought-provoking play will twist your mind right round through to its shocking conclusion."
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