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“Father Comes Home from the Wars” Unlocks a Worker’s Worth, at ACT, S.F.

“Father Comes Home from the Wars” Unlocks a Worker’s Worth, at ACT, S.F.

Suzan-Lori Parks Updates Civil War Slavery and Freedom by Barry David Horwitz In “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts I, II, III)” Susan-Lori Parks alarms us with a slave named Hero who goes to the Civil War with his scurrilous white “boss-master.” Hero decides to go because The Colonel dangles freedom as a reward. Hero admits, “I will be helping out the wrong side.” How can a slave make such a decision? How does his decision affect other slaves/workers?…

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“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

Qui Nguyen Turns the War Topsy-Turvy by Drew Lehman “Vietgone” turns America’s conventional view of the Vietnam War on its head. Playwright Qui Nguyen follows Vietnamese refugees who lost everything: family, friends, and country. The refugees find themselves marooned in the white, unwelcoming American heartland.  Imagine their shock when they arrive in the country that sacrificed 53,000 soldiers to defend South Vietnam, only to learn that Americans detest them. Nguyen’s raw and bawdy production abandons polite U.S. points of view…

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