John Guare's Lydie Breeze: Corrupt Ideals Haunt Gothic Melodrama
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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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.