John Guare's Lydie Breeze: Corrupt Ideals Haunt Gothic Melodrama
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The last date listed for Lydie Breeze was Sunday November 10, 2013 / 3:00pm.
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Featured review from Bob Armstrong
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I do like it. Perhaps the most self-consciously arty of the John Guare plays I've seen. There's even one scene where he defuses the melodrama by having another character make fun of the artifice involved in the previous scene. I "got" most of the symbols and mythology he was accessing. The usual Guare theme of commoners attempting to know celebrities (House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees) continues from the first play in this trilogy (Women and Water, in which the heroine triumphs through a personal association with General Grant) with a Platonic twist I'd never considered before. Play is well-acted with attractive, non-fussy set design.
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This is only the second play out of more than 40 that we did not like at all. Most of the acting was so far over the top it was ridiculous. The play seemed fixated on adultery and sexual diseases. I was embarrassed for the mom with her teenage...continued