Theater: Bill Pullman Shines In "Sticks And Bones"

November 7, 2014 6:11 PM

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David Rabe's Sticks And Bones is unquestionably a dated play. But what does that mean? People often use "dated" to refer to a work that simply isn't good. But a bad play is a bad play -- "dated" is often merely a polite way of saying everyone was wrong the first time around. In fact, it should refer to a play like this one. It's a work that is fascinatingly dated as you imagine the power and impact it had at the time and suss out why it falls so flat today.

Vietnam veteran Rabe wrote it while a grad student and saw it staged at his college Villanova in 1969. It jumped to the Public Theater in 1971 and then right to Broadway in 1972 where it won the Tony Award for Best Play and ran for a respectable seven months. In the blink of an eye, it was turned in...

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