Theater: Con Game


by John Guare

Like his most famous play, The House of Blue Leaves, John Guare's wry new off-Broadway work concerns the almost mystical longing of the unfamous for contact with celebrities. The odd title derives from a theory that any two people, no matter how distant in geography or circumstance, are linked by a chain of acquaintances: A knows B, who knows C, and so on. Thus the most renowned figure will turn out to be a friend of a friend of a friend. When a well-spoken young black man bursts into a Manhattan millionaire couple's home,...

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