The House of Blue Leaves

Walter Kerr Theatre
219 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036
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A Reader of Plays

I loved this play. You need to not think of Ben Stiller as a Focker and as a real stage actor. He was very good. For the play, go back to the 1960s. This is a great black comedy with a wonderful team of exceptional actors in a thought provoking and quirky play. Invest yourself in the play and you will get more out of it. It is not an easy evening. I took home several of the blue leaves and got Ben Stillers autograph. Make the time and think about the play. You will not regret it.

A Reader of Plays

I loved this play. You need to not think of Ben Stiller as a Focker and as a real stage actor. He was very good. For the play, go back to the 1960s. This is a great black comedy with a wonderful team of exceptional actors in a thought provoking and quirky play. Invest yourself in the play and you will get more out of it. It is not an easy evening. I took home several of the blue leaves and got Ben Stillers autograph. Make the time and think about the play. You will not regret it.

Thoroughly Baffling and Disappointing

I sat through The House of Blue Leaves tonight, wondering how it could get worse, but it continued to do so from the opening scene till the end. Its hard to describe a play that is generally well acted by its leads but is so thoroughly horrible overall. Though its still in previews, theres no tweaking thats going to make this play fly. The story is totally ridiculous, the second act is painful. Characters like the three nuns, the son, the MP, Billy and his deaf girlfriend enter in the second act and make the play absurd, unfortunately not comically absurd but ridiculously absurd. This play is a total stinker. Ben Stiller: please watch this play on video tape in its entirety and leave before your name gets associated with it.

Review of The House of Blue Leaves

Disappointment doesnt come close in describing how I and those around me felt during and after this was finished. You had to strain to see at some points since parts of the set were either dark or poorly lit. Even though this is a small theatre, it was hard to hear at times. Something that struck me as odd was when there was laughter from the audience, the actors didnt pause a moment, they just continued speaking. Ben Stiller seemed as though he was rushing through his lines to get this overwith. Edie Falco plays his wacko wife Bananas, but I couldnt help wondering how desperate she was to do this part when she was on her hands and knees barking like a dog more than once. Jennifer Jason Leigh was the one bright spot in this show but I cant say I would suggest you see it because of her. There isnt much comedy in a play where part of the plot involves a soldier thats AWOL, putting together an explosive in an attempt to kill the Pope. Overall, the plot lines didnt come across as humor, disturbing is more like it.