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Name: John Guare                   
Variant Name: John (Edward) Guare 
Birth Date: February 5, 1938       
Nationality: American             
Gender: Male                       
John Guare, born in 1938, is of the generation of American playwrights that       
critics persist in calling "promising" and comparing with Edward Albee. After     
winning an Obie in the 1967-1968 season for Muzeeka and being named the next     
season's "most promising playwright" in Variety's poll of New York drama critics 
for Cop-Out, Guare went on to produce his two most successful works to date in   
the course of a single year. The House of Blue Leaves won both an Obie and the   
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play, 1970-1971. Two   
Gentlemen of Verona was awarded the Tony and the New York Drama Critics Circle   
awards for best musical of 1971-1972, the Tony for best book of a musical, the   
Drama Desk Award and the Variety poll award for best lyricist. Critics praised   
The House of Blue Leaves for its savage, penetrating farce (a style which Guare   
himself considers a marriage of Strindberg and Feydeau) and Two Gentlemen of