‘The House of Blue Leaves’ Portrays our Celebrity, Fame-Obsessed Culture
First staged in 1966, American playwright, John Guare’s comic play, The House of Blue Leaves is an absurdist black comedy that has since then intensified its twisted view of fame, celebrity, religion, and the American Dream.
Now playing at Palm Beach Dramaworks and directed by J. Barry Lewis, this poignant comedy won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play in 1971. Still today, it is a popular production. When the play was written, fame was still an unattainable dream for the average American, but in this era of YouTube and Instagram, Guare’s characters don’t seem too far-fetched and the universal idea of stardom is not so quaint.
The play unfolds in New York City on the day the Pope is expected to visit. People are taking to the streets in droves in the sleepy borough of Queens, all to get a glimpse or a blessing from His Holiness. One found in the hordes of people is Bunny Flingus [Vanessa Morosco], a femme-fatale from Flushing. She is firing things up in the quiet, unfulfilled life of aspiring songwriter Artie Shaughnessy [Bruce Linser], a zookeeper at the Central Park Zoo in New York, who dreams of writing a hit song, moving to Hollywood with Bunny, and leaving his unhappy and complicated marriage behind. Read more on West Palm Beach Magazine’s site…Follow me in social media: