Tribes

Tribes

by Nina Raine
     
 

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In Tribes, Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens in his idiosyncratic, fiercely argumentative bohemian family. But when he meets Sylvia, who is going deaf, he decides he finally wants to be heard. With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Nina Raine crafts a penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of

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In Tribes, Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens in his idiosyncratic, fiercely argumentative bohemian family. But when he meets Sylvia, who is going deaf, he decides he finally wants to be heard. With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Nina Raine crafts a penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.

Nominated for both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, Tribes premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2011. Under the direction of David Cromer, the comic drama is currently receiving its North American premiere in New York City at Barrow Street Theatre through June 3, 2012.

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“There’s so much going on in Tribes that it’s almost overwhelming: intellect and sentiment, love and cruelty, witty zingers and biting put-downs. But in Nina Raine’s dazzling play, too much is a good thing… Tribes is pitch-perfect.” — New York Post

“In this provocative and original play, Raine keeps the ideas and the ironies coming until the final thrilling, paradoxical image. Raine’s gift is for penetration; she makes her story mean more than the social problem it dramatizes.” — New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848421219
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,161,871
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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From the Publisher

“There’s so much going on in Tribes that it’s almost overwhelming: intellect and sentiment, love and cruelty, witty zingers and biting put-downs. But in Nina Raine’s dazzling play, too much is a good thing… Tribes is pitch-perfect.” — New York Post

“In this provocative and original play, Raine keeps the ideas and the ironies coming until the final thrilling, paradoxical image. Raine’s gift is for penetration; she makes her story mean more than the social problem it dramatizes.” — New Yorker

Meet the Author

Nina Raine is a British director and playwright. She was awarded the 2006 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and the 2006 Critics’ Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her other plays include Rabbit and Tiger Country.

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