The Vietnamization of New Jersey: An American Tragedy

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The scene is a middle-class home in Piscataway, New Jersey, where Ozzie Ann (the mother) and Harry (the father) await the return of their Vietnam veteran son, David, and his native bride, Liat. Also on hand are younger brother Et, a sex-obsessed high school junior who eats cornflakes from his unzipped pants; and Hazel, the irrepressible black maid (portrayed by a male performer) who is the real power in the household. When David and Liat arrive they are both blind (which he demonstrates by walking into the ...
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Overview

The scene is a middle-class home in Piscataway, New Jersey, where Ozzie Ann (the mother) and Harry (the father) await the return of their Vietnam veteran son, David, and his native bride, Liat. Also on hand are younger brother Et, a sex-obsessed high school junior who eats cornflakes from his unzipped pants; and Hazel, the irrepressible black maid (portrayed by a male performer) who is the real power in the household. When David and Liat arrive they are both blind (which he demonstrates by walking into the refrigerator) and she is an ex-hooker (who later turns out to be a displaced orphan named Maureen O'Hara). Thereafter come suicide, adultery, the feeble intervention of a homosexual priest and the arrival of a super-patriotic, war-mongering uncle—plus a staccato of outrageous comments by the cynical Hazel. The final result is a scathing, irreverent indictment of the worst aspects of the American character, made real by the incisiveness of the author's writing, yet hilarious by the wild originality of his vision.
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Fairfield Weekly Trader
...raucously funny...the audience roars from the first line on.
Hartford Courant
...convulsively, awfully funny. It is also a provocative and mordant examination of where we have been over the past decade or so and where we are today.
NY Times
He is a diabolically comic writer whose ammunition is ridicule and whose weapon is scattergun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822212089
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1978
  • Series: English As a Second Language Bk.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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