Basic Training at Pavlo Hummel and Sticks and Bones

ISBN-10: 0802133134
ISBN-13: 9780802133137
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Rabe
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Description: The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, which won the young David Rabe an Obie and was hailed by The New York Times as "rich in humor, irony, and insight, " is the story of a naive recruit's initiation into war. Sticks and Bones concerns a blinded  More...

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List price: $12.95
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/19/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, which won the young David Rabe an Obie and was hailed by The New York Times as "rich in humor, irony, and insight, " is the story of a naive recruit's initiation into war. Sticks and Bones concerns a blinded Vietnam veteran who, returning home numbed by the war, is astonished by his family's inability to comprehend their country's politics and his rage.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Rabe was educated at Loras College and Villanova. His service in Vietnam has had a major influence on his work, particularly in his early plays. In 1971 both The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, which traces a soldier's life from basic training to an ugly and ironic death in Vietnam, and Sticks and Bones, a slightly absurdist play that combines broad satire of U.S. family life with a realistic portrayal of the suffering of a blind veteran, were produced at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. Rabe's other plays of the 1970s were also produced there. Streamers (1976), which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, is the most notable of his Vietnam plays. Set in an army barracks, it is a powerful presentation of the destruction that can result from blind, uncontrolled rage. Hurlyburly (1985), which concerns the hollow lifestyle of a group of hip southern California men, began a long run on Broadway in 1984. As with many of Rabe's other plays, it explores the horrors that can result from distorted ideas of masculinity. Another recent play, Goose and Tomtom (1987), is a forceful drama about two small-time jewel thieves. In it, Rabe explores the theme of the illusory nature of reality.

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