Theater: Singing the Brahmin Blues

PAINTING CHURCHES by Tina Howe

This is a radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play about subjects that darken the mind with icy forebodings. It concerns growing old and getting senile, leaving a spacious ancestral home and entering the anteroom of death.

It also concerns the generation gulf, the estrangement and reconciliation of a daughter and her parents. In a family, each member exists in the eye of the beholder. Since each person's vision differs, the illusions of a lifetime may be stripped away in bruising and bracing moments of revelation. Isn't this precisely what...

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