'Sticks and Bones': War Rages on

December 1, 2014 9:01 PM

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The New Group's revival of the 1971 Sticks and Bones packs a punch, and then some. From the first minutes of David Rabe's Vietnam-era play, you get the impression that this ordinary family isn't as ordinary as they may seem. Tension, turmoil, and disruption soon take hold of the family's quaint home and don't let up for hours. Although the story at times can feel uneven and longwinded, on the whole it begs important questions about what happens to a nuclear family when its oldest child returns from war.

Director Scott Elliott does a wonderful job in staging the show, complete with an array of familiar faces, with Richard Chamberlain, Bill Pullman, and Holly Hunter at the top. The play opens with a shot of the three of them huddled together on the couch of this cramped space, forced to grapple with ...

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