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House of Blue Leaves and Chaucer in Rome (Paperback)

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The House of Blue Leaves and Chaucer in Rome (Paperback)

John Guare

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ISBN 13: 9781585672912
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In John Guare's classic play The House of Blue Leaves (winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play), the Pope is visiting New York, and eighteen-year-old Ronnie goes AWOL from the army to come home to New York and blow up the Pope as he passes his house. In his new play, Chaucer in Rome, Guare reverses the situation. It is the Holy Year of 2000, and Ron and his wife come to Rome to search for their son. And with his inimitable wit and understanding, Guare has written a scathingly funny satire on the warping hunger for fame, the moral pollution and desperation in the worship of icons, both religious and secular, and the betrayal involved in creating art.

"With Chaucer in Rome Guare makes us become voyeurs even as we scorn voyeurism-thus offering a titillating, troubling commentary on life."USA Today

"There may not be a stranger-or more intriguing-play in New York than Chaucer in Rome, John Guare's expansive rumination on art, religion, and the price one pays for celebrity." Michael Kuchawa, AP

"Guare's most disciplined, merciless yet lovable work since Six Degrees of Separation and maybe his best yet." Linda Winer, Newsday

"Splendid a joyful affirmation of life and of John Guare's artistry Mr. Guare is in a class by himself." The New York Times

"A woozy, fragile, hilarious heartbreaker the writing is lush with sad, ironic wisdom about fame, love, and deluded values." USA Today

John Guare is the author of numerous plays, including Lydie Breeze (available in an Overlook/Tusk paperback), Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (Tony Award nomination for best play). His film work includes the Oscar-nominated Atlantic City, which won New York, Los Angeles, and National Film Critics Circle Awards for best screenplay. He lives in New York City.

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