Theater: Sick Souls

LYDIE BREEZE by John Guare

This play is like a tree without a trunk. There are some vivid autumn leaves of imagery. There are gnarled branches of symbolism. Amid the gothic dry rot, the sap of humor and literacy occasionally flows. But Lydie Breeze is not rooted in anything plausible and does not grow toward anything illuminating.

This tale of a haunted house and sick souls spends its energy laboriously un-burying the past. It is 1895 in Nantucket. Years before, Lydie Hickman had hanged herself from the rafters of the weather-beaten family home. Her husband Joshua (Josef Sommer) had shot her lover,...

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