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The House of Blue Leaves and Chaucer in Rome

by John Guare

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Though not as sublime as Six Degrees of Separation, the plays in this collection demonstrate again the skill of a master playwright. These two plays look at love and madness, murder and death. If that makes them sound banal...well, the real skill is in how to deal with subjects that on the face of it sound trite. These works are not trite. And as with any good work of art, they leave you with more questions than answers. What is the responsibility we have to each other? Do artists have an obligation to consider their subject? What is the nature of sin and guilt? Guare challenges us to look at ourselves by creating characters we aren't (quite) like, and letting us peek voyeuristically at their lives. We cringe, but can't turn away. ( )
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