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House Of Blue Leaves, The



ACT II Celebration Festival


FREE events celebrating the opening of the New Mark Taper Forum through September 28 at the Music Center.  Learn more.

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Performance Length

Two hours ten minutes with one intermission.

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$24 - $62

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On Sale: Aug 5, 2008

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Neighborhood Night
Wed., Sept 17, 8pm

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Direct Access Theatre Experience
Sat, Oct 11, mat


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…flows between comedy and tragedy
while hilariously revving up to all-out farce ...

The acting is top-notch across the board.

THIS PRODUCTION IS SO REVITALIZING that John Guare’s ruthless farce seems to be not just speaking directly to our age but mirroring its most pervasive pathologies. Miracles in the air…”

- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

“Guare’s story tackles the thorny issues of vanity, ego self-deception, celebrity glorification and other personal and societal dysfunctions. Along the way, Guare steers us from sitcomland to Pinteresque bleakness, slapstick and farce…”

- Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register


The Pope’s 1965 visit to New York City brings the hope of answered prayers and a few unexpected guests to an apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, where Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper, pines for a new life as a popular songwriter. 

His dreams of stardom are complicated by a stay-at-home wife who longs for the happiness of their salad days, a pushy mistress who is already packing her bags for Hollywood and an AWOL son with his own plans for becoming famous. 

Called "enchantingly zany and original” by the New York Times, The House of Blue Leaves is a heartbreakingly human comedy that explores the lengths people will go in pursuit of the American Dream.

After a $30 million renovation, the new Mark Taper Forum begins performances August 30th with the first major production of this American classic in over twenty years.

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  • By
    John Guare
  • Directed by
    Nicholas Martin
  • Set Design by
    David Korins
  • Costume Design by
    Gabriel Berry
  • Lighting Design by
    Donald Holder
  • Sound Design by
    Philip G. Allen
  • Music and Lyrics are by
    John Guare
  • With additional Music and Arrangements by
    Michael Friedman


This production is generously supported by Artistic Director’s Circle members





9/5/2008 The House of Blue Leaves Opens Release doc
8/30/2008 The House of Blue Leaves Program pdf
7/30/2008 The House of Blue Leaves Cast Release doc
7/14/2008 The House of Blue Leaves Calendar Release doc