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Tribes by Nina Raine
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Mar 21, 14

bookshelves: drama
Read in April, 2012

A smart -- at times obscurely clever -- but emotional play about a family with cultural difficulties revolving around communication. The play is a weird for experience for me, both in print and onstage. As a hard of hearing woman, most of Billy's isolation isn't a news flash to me. The value lies more in his girlfriend's experience of going deaf; the play's heart resides in her, as it should, given that she is the bridge between both worlds. One might think this play, and its reconciling ending, would offer comfort to me. Oddly, its powerfulness only makes me feel more singular and alone -- as this was written for hearing audiences, by a hearing woman, whose sympathy lies more with the hearing (in spite of great efforts to illuminate the deaf son).

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