The Theater: War Without End



In outward form, David Rabe's trilogy of military plays, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Sticks and Bones, and now Streamers, appears to be about the brutalizing effect of army life and the scourge of Viet Nam on the U.S. conscience. In inner content, they are more like detonations of the individual psyche —a simple soul goes berserk.

That is what happens to Carlyle (Dorian Harewood) in Streamers. The locale is a Virginia army camp in 1965. Carlyle is black, and he has been assigned to a company of "untouchables," i.e., men on perpetual KP and other menial duties. He...

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