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DON'T NEGLECT A GUARE GEM
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New York Post - New York, N.Y.
Author: Lyons, Donald
Date: Dec 16, 1998
Start Page: 85
Abstract (Document Summary)

"Bosoms and Neglect," a 1979 play and the second done by the Signature Theater Company in its all-[JOHN Guare] season, is a triumph. The season began with Guare's 1973 "Marco Polo Sings a Solo," an apocalyptic farce that never got off the page. This time, Signature hits a home run about a home.

That arresting title is clarified right away as Henny, a blind, dotty, cranky woman of 83, stumbles about her apartment, explaining to her 38-year-old son, Scooper, that her bladder has fallen out. When her robe slips, however, he glimpses the real problem: a neglected tumor on her breast ("Not breast, bosom," Henny genteelly insists).

While Scooper tells the truth about his mother, [Deirdre] spins lurid fantasies about her family. Both have psychotic phone episodes. Scooper calls his soon-to-be-ex-lover and her husband; Deirdre makes, or tries to make, lewd calls to famous authors. Their attempts at rapport spiral down into manic violence.

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