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Comedy Intersects Drama In Raven Theatre’s Exciting New Play

house-blue-leaves-1John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves, Raven Theatre Co.’s newest play, continues this weekend and Thursdays through Sundays until June 18 in Edgewater.

The dark comedy premiered off-Broadway in 1971 and was revived on-Broadway in 1986 and 2011. Set in Queens, New York, during Pope Paul VI’s visit in 1965, the play features Artie Shaughnessy, a struggling songwriter, who wants to be famous and feel important. Meanwhile, his heavily medicated wife, Bananas, just wants to feel.

When Artie calls his old high school friend, now a Hollywood movie producer, he hopes his buddy will help him earn stardom. But things take an even more eccentric turn when the producer’s girlfriend visits Artie and his wife.

The acting ensemble includes Jon Steinhagen, Kelli Strickland, Sarah Hayes, Derek Herman, Noah Simon, Jen Short, Kristen Williams, Shariba Rivers, Sophia Menendian, Bob Gerics, and Conor Clark.

“The House of Blue Leaves” takes the stage Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark St. The nearest El station is the Granville Red Line. Buses include No. 22 (Clark), No. 36 (Broadway), No. 151 (Sheridan), No. 155 (Devon), and No. 64 (Peterson).

For more information, visit the website, or call 773-338-2177.

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