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In Fireworks Lie Secret Codes

In Fireworks Lie Secret Codes $12.99

John Guare

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 2 Female

The scene is a penthouse terrace on Manhattan's West Side, where a group of friends had gathered to watch the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display on the Hudson River

As they sip wine and call out the changing colors, they also reveal the unrest beneath their apparent ease: one of the two male lovers who share the penthouse has decided to return to his native England; another couple sheepishly admits that they are fleeing Manhattan life for suburban New Jersey

The play ends as it began - good friends exchanging amusing anecdotes in the spirit of relaxed companionship - but the glints of truth which have emerged make it clear that their lives are more troubled and uncertain than appearances might suggest

One of the three plays selected by Edward Albee to initiate the one-act play festival of the newly formed Lincoln Center Theatre Company. Filled with the sharp and funny observations which are hallmarks of Mr Guare's highly individual style, the play works on two levels as it captures both the surface glitter and underlying tensions of sophisticated New Yorkers at a penthouse cocktail party

"The center of the evening, and its high spot as playwriting" ~ Village Voice

"It is a masterful work" ~ Hollywood Reporter

" gives evidence of this dramatist's irrepressible comic spirit" ~ The New Yorker

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