The Theater: The Vortex of Evil

THE ORPHAN

by DAVID RABE

Viet Nam is a dark, broody obsession at the heart of David Rabe's three dramas. The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel turned a man into an infantry cog and spun him off to combat and death. In Sticks and Bones, which CBS refused to air after complaints from local stations (TIME, March 19), a blind veteran returned to his bland-as-cornflakes family and found that they could not stomach his 20-20 insight on the U.S. and the war. In The Orphan, at off-Broadway's Public Theater, Viet Nam is not actively...

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