Tony-Winning The House of Blue Leaves Mixes Humor and Tragedy
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Suspense and laughter share the stage in this adaptation of the popular Sherlock Holmes tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Two Seattle theater vets bring their witty sensibility to this classic Victorian whodunit about an attempted murder tied to the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound. The famous detective and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson travel to the misty, moody moors of England's West Country where the Baskerville family patriarch has died under mysterious and chilling circumstances and his nephew and heir, Sir Henry, may be next. Is it the family curse or is it murder? Holmes is on the case! Learn More
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The House of Blue Leaves is the story Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper by day who harbors dreams of songwriting fame and glory. Laden by his wife’s mental illness, his son’s alienating behavior, and his girlfriend’s Lady Macbeth-like demands, Artie struggles hopelessly to attain his singular desire. From the seedy piano bars to a rundown Queens apartment, his world and its inhabitants conspire to hold him back—the visiting Pope, a trio of zealous nuns, the military police, psyche-ward orderlies, and eccentric Hollywood personalities. At once madcap and zany then sinister and nihilistic, Guare’s House of Blue Leaves is door-slamming comic farce, a gritty kitchen-sink drama, and a metaphysical contemplation on the purpose of one’s existence all rolled into one. It’s a play that can’t easily be pigeon-holed.