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Home Front James Duff

Home Front

James Duff

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ISBN : 9780822205289
Paperback
85 pages
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The action is set in a comfortable suburban home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where Bob and Maurine, a fairly well-off middle-aged couple, are living (apparently happily) with their daughter Karen, a graduate student, and their brooding son,MoreThe action is set in a comfortable suburban home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where Bob and Maurine, a fairly well-off middle-aged couple, are living (apparently happily) with their daughter Karen, a graduate student, and their brooding son, Jeremy, who has recently returned from service in Vietnam. It is Thanksgiving Day, 1973, and they are furiously preparing for the imminent arrival of relatives for a family dinner. At first the action of the play is refreshingly offhand and filled with warmhearted humor, with Maurine fluttering about chattering nonstop and Bob trying to disguise the fact that he has been smoking a forbidden cigarette. But then, as Jeremys cutting ripostes become more sarcastic and venomous, the mood changes-impelling a series of explosive confrontations as the others struggle to understand and accept Jeremys alarming bitterness and to convey the love and deep concern which they feel for him. But, in the end, the gulf between them is too great, the harsh words too hurtful, for harmony to be restored. Instead there is violence and rage, and the shattering realization that what once was can be no more, and they can only pick u the pieces and go on as best they can.