The House of Blue Leaves BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 25, 2011
Closing:
June 25, 2011

Theater: Walter Kerr Theater / 219 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Ben Stiller and Edie Falco return to Broadway in a strictly limited, 16-week engagement of John Guare’s comic masterpiece. Stiller is Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper and wannabe songwriter, who is trying to cope with a schizophrenic wife, an impatient girlfriend and a visit from the Pope, all while sustaining his dream of hitting it big. Jennifer Jason Leigh also stars in this satirical take on celebrity, religion, and the frequent merging of the two. Directed by David Cromer.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The House of Blue Leaves

    April 25, 2011: What do you get when you take the “sur” out of “surrealism”? That sounds like a question in search of a punch line. But few laughs emerge from the answers provided by the somber new revival of John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves,” which opened on Monday night at the Walter Kerr Theater.

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF The House of Blue Leaves

    April 25, 2011: What do you get when you take the "sur" out of "surrealism"? That sounds like a question in search of a punch line. But few laughs emerge from the answers provided by the somber new revival of John Guare's "House of Blue Leaves," which opened Monday night at the Walter Kerr Theater.

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  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE REVIEW OF The House of Blue Leaves

    April 25, 2011: In his introduction to the 1972 published edition of “The House of Blue Leaves,” John Guare says his most important play was driven by his interest in how people avoid humiliation — that impulse being the core of tragedy, comedy and our very lives themselves. There are two parts to that, of course — humiliation and avoidance — and David Cromer’s star-encrusted Broadway revival (the cast is headlined by Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh) has one down, but not fully the other.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF The House of Blue Leaves

    April 25, 2011: The Bottom Line: David Cromer’s production overplays the melancholy and under-serves the humor, but the enduring originality of John Guare’s breakthrough play prevails.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The House of Blue Leaves

    April 25, 2011: Edie Falco has the astonishing ability to disappear completely into any role she takes on. In director David Cromer's only partially successful revival of John Guare's hilarious -- even visionary -- tragicomedy The House of Blue Leaves, now at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, she's hardly recognizable as the sanity-challenged Bananas.

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