Theater: Night Screams

A PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER by Thomas Babe

It may be something edgy and vindictive in the spirit of contemporary society that causes young American playwrights to relish scenes of abrasive confrontation. The duel may be one of words, the sly techniques of a psych-out or blunt violence. All three tactics are present in Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter, now at Manhattan's Public Theater. The setting is a police station during the midnight-to-dawn shift. Two dope addicts, Simon (Laurence Luckinbill) and Jimmy (Alan Rosenberg), who are also homosexuals with bisexual experiences, are pushed into the bleak room in handcuffs....

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