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    Tony Kushner
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    Nick Hern Books (May 31, 2002)
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Homebody/Kabul, first performed in New York City, December 2001.

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Intensely topical major work from author of Angels in America - premiering at Young Vic directed by Declan Donnellan The 'Homebody', a bored, emotionally imprisoned but wildly intellectual Englishwoman, finds escape in the alternate world of Afghanistan, which she exoticizes in her mind's eye with the help of an out-of-date tourist guide book. Then the Homebody's mysterious disappearance prompts a search by her ineffectual husband and her emotionally detached daughter, who arrive in Kabul unprepared for the adventures that await them. In their quest for truth, the distinctions between the real and the unreal, the political and the personal, the psychological and the sociological become artfully ambiguous. British premiere: Young Vic, London, 22 May 2002, directed by Declan Donnellan and starring Kika Markham, for whom the role was written.

Although some readers may be disappointed the Tony Kushner's latest play is not at all similar to his first great play, ANGELS IN AMERICA, it is one of the best plays of the decade. Kushner begins with a character who is drawn to travel to Afghanistan where she disappears. Her husband and grown daughter arrive in Kabul under the Taliban to find their wife/mother. They never do find her, but instead are exposed to life in Afghanistan under the Taliban -- a country retaining aspects of its great history, but living in a present of oppression and fear. Through this, Kushner explores the West's culpability in the tragedy of Afghanistan, the ability of the human spirit to survive under the worst possible circumstances, and the need on both sides to truly experience and understand the other. The play is filled with Kushner's trademark style -- a Brechtian, cinematic structure -- and lyrical flights of language, rich characterizations, and fascinating, disturbing ideas about a part of the world few Americans understood or knew much about prior to the tragedies of September 11. Now, more than ever, this play raises some of the most important questions of our time.
I praise courage, the will to say the truth about relations between the Western bWordl ando the Easterns, with al the west madness and superficiality and the eastern madness about the possession of the absolute truth
There are points to be made and understandings to be gained from this play but it is wordy, convoluted, and difficult.
I had to read it for a class. It was O.K. At times it grabbed my interest more than I thought it would. It just wasn't the type of literature that I really enjoy and I found the writing hard to follow sometimes in the first act -- it was an intentional choice by the author to make a point, but still hard to follow. Perhaps if I had heard it spoken, since this is a play, it would have made more sense. While it did have many underlying themes I prefer something a little less pendantic.
Also, it was written before 9/11 so the author chose to write a long afterward about remarks in the play about how the Taliban would be coming to the U.S. She wrote what she wrote. I didn't think she needed to write an explanation/politically correct apology.
After a very long and really absurd monologue by the Homebody at home, the story takes a steep curve and takes you to a torn up Afganistan in Taliban under the Taliban regime. A clash of cultures in optima forma.
Just so depressing and so long and boring. And I'm a Kushner fan. But I was not a fan of this.
Some people believe in reincarnation. I don't but for those who do, here is some evidence to support your case/cause. Kushner can write a pretty line, but here we have further evidence that we have a talented writer in search of a genre. Why America produces playwrights with the desire to tell the story of mankind is hard to explain. Russians don't, so sprawl alone cannot be the answer. There's O'Neill, Rice, the mature Williams, Miller: they all used the stage to explain the universe. On occasion they wrote a decent play. Kushner's writing is so good that critics overlook the fact that he can't write a play. Four hour epics don't cut it. This play opens with an arresting monologue which, as delivered in New York, was fascinating and well-worth the price of admission. The so-called play that takes up the rest of the evening is disappointing to say the least. Like Elmer Rice, there is a lively mind at work here, with huge theatrical ambitions, trying to write down everything that pops into his head. The result is a mediocre little drip into the sand of time.
Homebody's extended thought streams and speeches were wonderful. I would like to meet her, assuming she is not dead of course. This is the first play I have read by Tony Kushner and I have never been lucky enough to see any of his plays performed. I think he is a fascinating writer. I laughed, I learned, I was outraged, I nodded my head in agreement.
Tony Kushner was quoted and an excerpt was read from "Homebody/Kabul" at a local Not in Our Name event. His words and work resonate with the time.
Since I wrote the above review, I saw the play last night. It is even more powerful on stage. In the long Homebody monologue, it felt like the audience wanted to support Homebody, she seemed vulnerable alone on the stage for so long. Her comments made the audience laugh, nod in agreement, and feel her sadness.
The tone changed in the second half of the play and the audience seemed wrung out at the end with all the emotions and ideas to ponder. Whether read or watched, this play is exceedingly powerful. I highly recommend both.