Everything you need to understand or teach The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare.
John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves is his most popular and arguably most important play. It is based on the Pope's visit to New York City on October 4, 1965.
Since the debut of The House of Blue Leaves Off-Broadway on February 10, 1971, however, critics have been divided over the play's artistic merits. The story focuses on one man's desire for success as a big-time songwriter, which clashes with his demanding, middle-class family life. Some reviewers did not know what to make of the play's mix of black comedy, farce, realistic drama, and social commentary. They maintained that its come-dic elements undermined the serious issues of the play.
The critics that praised The House of Blue Leaves appreciated Guare's treatment of ideas. They also lauded the manner in which he depicted the dark underside of the American dream, especially his emphasis on the destructive nature of the media on people's dreams...
The House of Blue Leaves Lesson Plans contain 121 pages of teaching material, including: