Dark Laughter in ‘The House of Blue Leaves’ at PCS

Paul Kerrigan and Allison Gerrard are just two of the stars performing in the Players Club of Swarthmore’s production of The House of Blue Leaves.

Paul Kerrigan and Allison Gerrard are just two of the stars performing in the Players Club of Swarthmore’s production of The House of Blue Leaves.

Laughter with an edge comes to the Players Club of Swarthmore next weekend in The House of Blue Leaves, a mordantly funny play from 50 years ago, which has never been more apt than in our era of celebrity worship.

Written in 1965 by John Guare, House tells of Artie, a zookeeper with dreams of transcending his workaday life as he plies his songwriting art in obscurity.

All around him are characters who aspire for more than they have, more than they need, or more than they deserve. With daffy family members and raffish associates, Artie finds the real zoo is full of humans.

Directed by Ruth Wells Fischer, House of Blue Leaves opens Friday, March 17, and runs through Saturday, April 1, with performances Thursday through Sunday on the main stage at the Players Club, 414 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.

The 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 26, will be followed by a “Meet the Artists” discussion. Information and tickets are available at pcstheater.org.

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