A star-studded cast is appearing in the latest Broadway revival of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves. Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in the play, which is directed by David Cromer. Here’s a quick round up of reviews for The House of Blue Leaves:
“What do you get when you take the “sur” out of “surrealism”? That sounds like a question in search of a punch line. But few laughs emerge from the answers provided by the somber new revival of John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves,” which opened on Monday night at the Walter Kerr Theater.” – from NYTimes
“Stiller has a personal history with the play. His mother, Anne Meara, played Bunny in the 1971 Off Broadway premiere, and he made his Broadway debut as Ronnie in the memorable 1986 Lincoln Center Theater revival, opposite John Mahoney, Swoosie Kurtz and Stockard Channing.” – from Hollywood Reporter
“Stiller needs more time to get a purchase on the role that made “Frasier’s” John Mahoney a star, but he’s funny and flummoxed and believable. Jennifer Jason Leigh is archly convincing as Bunny, dressed a la Jackie Kennedy, in David Cromer’s sensitive x-ray of a production.” – from Bloomberg
“Topliners Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh should get more bottoms on seats; but the starry casting was no desperation measure. Guare’s iconic play not only holds up, it still sets the bar for smart comic lunacy.” – from Variety
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.