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The Vertical Hour

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"Politics is about the reconciliation of the irreconcilable," says Nadia Blye, a young American war reporter turned academic who teaches political studies at Yale. With her faith in academia beginning to erode and memories from her time in the Balkans and the Middle East haunting her, Nadia travels with her boyfriend, Philip Lucas, to rural England to visit her father, O
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Faber & Faber
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Sean Teller
A complex story which examines the fragile dynamics between father and son, son and girlfriend, girlfriend and father, and relationships in general. A story of love, and how interchangeable feelings sometimes do not co-align.

A father (Oliver) unchanged in his promiscuous ways, floats through life unwilling to change his hurtful attitudes towards his son. Two opposite people whose only common thread is their blood. Each out in their own and unintentional ways to destroy each other.

A son chained
Apr 19, 2007 melissa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in plays dealing with US involvement in Iraq
This play had potential which didn't materialize, although I am happy to say it avoided the now cliche story line of woman ditches her boyfriend to sleep with his distinguished (guy code for OLD) father.

Three main problems with this play:

(1) it talks a lot about disciplines that it apparently knows very little about (i.e. political science, conflict studies)

(2) it's heroine is not very inspiring-- she is supposed to be this provocative intelligent spitfire of a woman, instead she comes off as so
It is a political drama play.
But wait, don't get discouraged by this. I am also not into reading politics. But when saw a Broadway play this year, with Julianne Moore stage debut (she was the reason I went to see the play) - I absolutely loved it! And had to buy the book to read it again.

It is about an American female activist, who was a war reporter, and became an academic to teach political studies at Yale.
She is dating this British guy, and goes to England to visit his father, a rich British
Intriguing and tense, if verbose, political and internecine family drama.
Deals with the two arguments for and against America's invasion of Iraq from the perspective of an American humanitarian activist and rich British country doctor. Julianne Moore was dreadful in the debut, but the script survived her galling ineptitude, a testament to the writing. Bill Nighy is of course unequivocally wonderful as the British doctor. The play offers a very unbiased offering of the debate, and stimulates hours of discussion.
The task of mixing politics with drama without sounding pedantic or jingoistic or fanatic is difficult to pull off. This play subtly weaves love, ego, politics, and academia into a nice read. It won't knock your pants off like a tumbler of Johnny Walker Black. Instead it sips like a snifter of Remy Martin Cognac. Subtle and tasty.
Quite simply my favorite play ever. On the surface, it may seem hard to understand, but once you get into it, get to know and understand the characters, it just gets under your skin. Or it did mine. LOVE it!!! (Probably didn't hurt I saw it 10 times on Broadway!)
Terrific multi-dimensional play. The 'meeting the parents' trope as political metaphor.
A bit anti-war, political for my taste.
kinda odd. i liked it
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