The Theater: Living with Defeat

MEDAL OF HONOR RAG by Tom Cole

Lost wars haunt people. In some ways the South is still haunted by the Civil War. Hitler might never have come to power but for the fact that the Germans were defeated in World War I. The U.S. never lost a war before Viet Nam, and, undeclared though it was, most Americans are so haunted by it that they have wiped an eraser across the blackboard of their minds.

Occasionally a playwright comes along to chalk up the score all over again. David Rabe did it with visceral force...

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