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by Larry Ketron
The scene is a small town in South Carolina, where Hodge, a Vietnam veteran, shares his house with Vernie, his childlike girlfriend, and Sheryl, the widow of a talented but obscure novelist and a close friend of his late mother. Nervous and unsettled, Hodge continually castigates Vernie, no matter how hard she tries to please him, and also derides Sheryl, although she is o ...more
Published January 1st 1998 by Dramatist's Play Service
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This is a great play, but since it's about PTSD of a Vietnam vet and the abuse he brings to his marriage, it is not exactly pleasant. The story starts off presenting itself as if it were going to be a romantic comedy, or at least a pleasant slice of life amongst friends within the yuppie generation. But it turns vicious. And complex: Who is the victim here? --the vet or those he abuses? Very disturbing.