That Tony Kushner’s new play, “Homebody/Kabul,” which is set in London and Kabul and takes place mostly in , shortly before and shortly. Most American dramatists look inwards. Tony Kushner has always gazed outwards. And not the least remarkable fact about Homebody/Kabul. In Homebody/Kabul, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, has turned his penetrating gaze to the arena of global politics .

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Perhaps no one but Kushner could provide such compelling guidance through the devastation of Kabul, in all its blasted complexity. Aug 29, Gabby rated it it was amazing. It was poetic and discussed a culture I didn’t understand, but after a I think that I enjoyed this play.

Or sign in with a social account: I don’t know if you have ever read Satanic Verses but it kind of reminded me of that: His language is rich, his canvas is vast and his storytelling dynamic. But Kushner also shows how an unknowable country like Afghanistan exercises a peculiar hold on the western imagination.

Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner

Set up a giveaway. It represents an impressive piece of scholarship and synthesis, and is always engrossing on an intellectual level, even if one may argue with some of its implicit points. The tone homebodyy in the second half of the play and the audience seemed wrung out at the end with all the emotions and ideas to ponder.

Play Description Darwin and Jo Smith, and their seventeen-year-old son, Ronnie, seem homeboey be the typical Middle American conservative family. The touch which does not understand is the touch which corrupts … and which corrupts itself. And the bitterness of these characterizations poses a dramatic liability, as well, since they dominate the last two-thirds of the play. A Bright Room Called Day.


Four Arab women from across the ages meet in the afterlife. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Whether read or watched, this play is exceedingly powerful. Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food. And the language, the use of language, absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend both.

I felt that this play was a bit self indulgent and even a little masturbatory. Read in while studying abroad.

Oleanna Acting Edition for Theater Productions. I am, however, of the apparently contrarian opinion that the rest of the play lives up to its opening. If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.

Don’t have a Kindle? And to this Kushner adds that rare quality in American theater, a yearning to go beyond domestic stories and into the great world of political struggle. In the play, Kushner wrestles with his own complicated attitudes about a land whose destiny has been shaped by superpowers with agendas. His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: But, suddenly with the events of september 11 one of the most talented playwrights in the country is opening a play set largely in Afghanistan and discussing the troubles between the west particularly America and England and its conflicts with Aghanistan and Islam.

Michael Morgan is pretty terrific in this self-effacing role, and Eric Sandvold does well with Milton. Grahamstown, EC, South Africa. The rhapsodic, virtuosic monologue comprising Act 1, Scene 1 is about as well-woven a piece of scenework as I’ve ever read, and I am grateful that Kushner chose to extend the piece beyond that monologue to show the flaws and failings of the Homebody’s family members.


I read this book in college. A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: I thought he was a great example of “show not tell” and kabil wasn’t a caricature or too many people at once.


I almost said “This is ridiculous” and put it way. Refresh and try again. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup. At once familiar and hauntingly hostile.

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According to his own afterword, Kushner made a concerted effort to abridge an apparently much longer draft of the play. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy. Read more Read less. In many ways, I identify with the Homebody, her attraction and its pursuant self-immolation. Meditations on the fractious, painful history of Afghanistan have been filling the pages of newspapers and magazines ever since Sept.

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Would love to see this performed, can see it be a challenging one for actors to uomebody the language effectively, which would be quite engaging if done well.

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