OFF BROADWAY REVIEW
Hardly a show for casual theatergoers, “Sticks and Bones” is best appreciated by ardent students of the American drama.
David Rabe’s Tony Award-winning play from 1971 appears cumbersome and obvious today yet it must have seemed like bold stuff during the time of the Vietnam conflict.
Bill Pullman, Holly Hunter and Richard Chamberlain ably depict seriocomic stereotypes in The New Group’s forthright production of Rabe’s savage cartoon of a Vietnam soldier’s unhappy homecoming.
Rabe employs a satirical mash-up of sitcoms, allegory and Arthur Miller-type shoulda-woulda angst to comment upon the American public’s indifference to Vietnam and its damaged veterans.