The Retreat From Moscow

The Retreat From Moscow

by William Nicholson
     
 

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Edward and Alice have been married for thirty-three years. Their thirty-year-old son, Jamie, visits them for the weekend, to find that this is the Sunday his father has picked to leave his mother for another woman. Jamie, unable to change his father�s mind, watches helplessly as his parents� marriage crumbles, and his mother is overwhelmed with bewilderment and pain.… See more details below

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Edward and Alice have been married for thirty-three years. Their thirty-year-old son, Jamie, visits them for the weekend, to find that this is the Sunday his father has picked to leave his mother for another woman. Jamie, unable to change his father�s mind, watches helplessly as his parents� marriage crumbles, and his mother is overwhelmed with bewilderment and pain. This is a play without villains�both Edward and Alice are good people trying to do their best�but the damage done by Edward�s departure is devastating. Jamie, caught in the middle, tries to help and can�t, and slowly realizes that he�s not an impartial witness but one of the combatants. His struggle is to understand both his parents and, like them, to survive the emotional hurricane that has ripped through their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Journal News
The best new play in twenty years...This perfectly written masterwork shimmers with delicacy and precision.
New Yorker
Riveting...subtle and powerful, [with] marvelous emotional complexity.
NY Daily News
A truly devastating piece of theater.
Time Out
A tense family drama...spare, emotionally brutal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822219880
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
58
Product dimensions:
2.08(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.15(d)

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