Theater: The Theme Is Thorns

The Subject Was Roses, by Frank D. Gilroy. It takes a quiet patience to hear a heart beat or skip a beat. It takes the gentlest of touches to put a compassionate finger on the place where people love and hurt one another, the spot where the human skin is less than skin-deep. As Who'll Save the Plowboy? suggested in 1962, and as The Subject Was Roses further confirms, Frank D. Gilroy is the sort of playwright who possesses these qualities.

The Subject Was Roses but the theme is thorns, the barbed bloodletting that drains away the lives of people who live...

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