The Theater: Fissionable Confusion

MARCO POLO SINGS A SOLO by JOHN GUARE

Some playwrights have too few ideas —or none at all. John Guare (House of Blue Leaves) is of a rarer kind: his mind is a virtual breeder reactor of dramatic themes large and small. In Marco Polo Sings a Solo, a comedy now playing at Manhattan's Public Theater, Guare's reactor has run away from him. Ideas meet, collide and cancel one another out, like so many errant atoms, and his play explodes in a dozen directions.

Marco Polo takes place on an island off Norway at the end of 1999, in the early light of...

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