HOMEBODY KABUL PDF

Tony Kushner's playwriting strengths are on display: a fearless flair for language; the courage to confront painful emotions head-on; and a willingness to bend traditional playwriting form when it suits his purpose. By Joel Hirschhorn. Cold, unappealing central characters sustain interest on a cerebral level without making us care if they survive or solve their conflicts. Related Stories. Her disappearance is keenly felt in the subsequent two acts, when news arrives of her murder while on a mysterious trip to Kabul. Husband Milton Reed Birney and daughter Priscilla Maggie Gyllenhaal travel there to claim the body, at which point Priscilla begins to suspect her mother is still alive.

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Tony Kushner's playwriting strengths are on display: a fearless flair for language; the courage to confront painful emotions head-on; and a willingness to bend traditional playwriting form when it suits his purpose.

By Joel Hirschhorn. Cold, unappealing central characters sustain interest on a cerebral level without making us care if they survive or solve their conflicts. Related Stories.

Her disappearance is keenly felt in the subsequent two acts, when news arrives of her murder while on a mysterious trip to Kabul. Husband Milton Reed Birney and daughter Priscilla Maggie Gyllenhaal travel there to claim the body, at which point Priscilla begins to suspect her mother is still alive. She enlists the help of guide and poet Khwaja Firdous Bamji and learns from Afghan ex-actor Zai Garshi Dariush Kashani , a worshipper like her mother of Frank Sinatra songs, that her mother has married a Muslim and intends to cut all ties with her former family.

The Kabul hotel interior and exteriors of shattered streets are spotlighted strikingly on a revolving stage. Birney is appropriately hurt and hostile as her father, though vicious father-daughter exchanges are too melodramatic, more stagy than gripping. Director Frank Galati succeeds dynamically in his handling of subsidiary personalities.

A parallel plot focuses on Milton and his interaction with quasi-diplomat and heroin addict Quango Bill Camp. Bamji underplays eloquently as Khwaja, the guide, and Kashani is hilarious as the effusive Sinatra devotee. Oct 2, pm PT. Opened, reviewed Oct. More From Our Brands. BGR iOS Expand the sub menu Film. Expand the sub menu TV. Expand the sub menu What To Watch.

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As someone who's only seen two drafts produced, I'm not certain I want to tell Kushner to knock it off. I believe in Kushner's genius enough to think he might eventually get the expansive play into ideal working order. On the other hand, I'm not certain I want to see successive drafts I'm convinced, based on the evidence, there will be some until I'm assured by trusted third parties Kushner has done the trick. As before, I believe the first third of the play, the Homebody monologue -- written thanks to a request from English actress Kika Markham who needed something for an evening of monologues -- is one of the glories of English-speaking soliloquies. A prolix Englishwoman, who's found Nancy Hatch Dupree's guide to Afghanistan, reads from it and continuously interrupts herself to explain how her growing fascination for the far-flung country has affected her life. Unable to stop expounding on terms like "Greco-Bactrian Confusion," she addresses the audience with an ease and affability belying her conviction she's someone to be avoided. Although Markham owns the piece that side of the Atlantic, Linda Emond has been doing it this side for most of the seven years Kushner has been refining the play.

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Homebody/Kabul

Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Surrounded by people of diverse cultures and religions, sequentially occupied, Kabul once served as a crossroads for the ancient world, with trade routes converging on it from the north, south, east and west. But Kushner's real genius was to put his own thirst for understanding into the soul and body of his Englishwoman, who interweaves the book's plethora of facts with her interpretations and imaginings, ponders the passage of time an important theme and muses on her own safe life in London. She's an entirely original creation, this Homebody, self-absorbed but also insecure, questing and gentle, simultaneously unhappy and in love with the world, obsessed with words, which she sometimes uses wrongly and sometimes with new and startling accuracy — language being another of Kushner's major themes. Dee Covington gives an open and assured performance in the role, one of the evening's best. The Homebody makes her pilgrimage to Kabul and vanishes: either torn to pieces as she wanders burqa-less and holding her guidebook, or having fallen in love with an Afghan man and decided to convert to Islam — the script suggests both.

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