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The Vietnam Plays, Vol. 1: The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel / Sticks and Bones (The Vietnam Plays)
David Rabe has been a major voice and crucial force in American drama since 1971 when, in the midst of the Vietnam War, he startled the nation with The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. The story of a native recruit’s initiation into war, it is by turns brutal and hilarious. It won the young playwright an Obie and was hailed by The New York Times as “rich humor, irony, and i ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 19th 1994 by Grove Press
(first published July 27th 1978)
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Rabe, David. THE BASIC TRAINING OF PAVLO HUMMEL/STICKS AND BONES. (U. S. – 1973). ****. When these plays were staged in the early 1970s, they appealed to audiences because of their immediacy. Both are about Vietnam and war and soldiers. Both have dated poorly – though they are still good drama. In “The Basic Training...”, we meet Pavlo at the basic training camp in Georgia. Pavlo wants to be a good soldier because he sees it as his way of becoming like everyone else. One of the ways he does this ...more
These plays focus on the Vietnam war and the effect of it on two soldiers. I had never heard of these plays before and I found them hard to understand. "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" was very confusing to me. I think this is one of those plays that are better being seen on stage. These plays were very popular when they were first published.
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