The Theater: Dagger of Pain



All wars are alike in that men, women and children are wounded, maimed or killed. But a lost war hurts the most because it pinpoints the aching futility of dying to no apparent purpose. The mood of the present hour is to forget about Viet Nam. Amnesia is the U.S. antidote for history.

In his first play David Berry, who served in Viet Nam, deliberately chooses not to forget. Berry surmounts the tiresome truism that war is hell. He seems to say that a nation that sent off its young men to the killing ground of Southeast Asia with...

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