My review of David Cromer’s Broadway revival of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves got posted today on CultureVulture.net. Check it out and let me know what you think.
I say, in part: “The House of Blue Leaves is such a famous play—its premiere in 1971 gave Guare, one of our best playwrights, his first hit—and the 1986 Lincoln Center Theater revival is still so fresh in the memory that it’s easy to forget what a strange and unconventional play it is… The new Broadway revival looks fantastic on paper. The stars include Ben Stiller (above left) as Artie, Edie Falco (above right) as Bananas, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Bunny (a role first played by Stiller’s mother, Anne Meara), and the director is David Cromer, who staged phenomenal productions in recent years of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (which ran for two years Off Broadway) and the Broadway revival of Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs…. Sad to say, Cromer’s production gets it all wrong.”
You can read the complete review online here.