Streamers Essay

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Oliver offers a highly favorable review of Streamers, calling the play "almost literally stunning."

David Rabe's almost literally stunning "Streamers" a New York Shakespeare Festival production at the Newhouse which originally opened at Long Wharf, in New Haven is the final play of his trilogy about Vietnam; the two others are "The Basic Training ofPavlo Hummel" and "Sticks and Bones." All the action of "Streamers" takes place in one room in an Army barracks in Virginia in 1965, when the worst of the war still lies ahead. The room itself seems an oasis of civilization. The three young enlisted men who live in it get along well. They are Billy, a sympathetic, rather innocent fellow from Wisconsin; Roger, a black soldier who seems far more realistic and mature than the others and is a close friend of Billy's; and Richie, a well-to-do homosexual from Manhattan. Billy teases Richie some...

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