That Tony Kushner’s new play, “Homebody/Kabul,” which is set in London and Kabul and takes place mostly in , shortly before and shortly. Most American dramatists look inwards. Tony Kushner has always gazed outwards. And not the least remarkable fact about Homebody/Kabul. In Homebody/Kabul, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, has turned his penetrating gaze to the arena of global politics .

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I think he is a fascinating writer. It gives a compelling picture of the political makeup of Afganistan, and also some background on the Taliban regime.

By clicking ‘X’ or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. As far as I’m concerned, the first act — the eponymous character’s monologue — is the whole play. Kushner not only offers us a portrait of a gentle-spirited, factually voracious, syntactically eccentric woman who claims “I love, love the world”, he also establishes his main theme which is that Afghanistan has always been a vital intersection at the mercy of history, geography and spiritual absolutists.

Perhaps if I had heard it spoken, since this is homebldy play, it would have made more sense.

You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. But, after the brilliance of the first part, the play settles for mere competence as we see the homebody’s husband and daughter pursuing her to Kabul to which she has been ineluctably drawn. Four Arab women from across the ages meet in the afterlife. Like the other Tony Kushner plays I’ve experienced on the page or stage, it’s disrupted me.


The three English characters in the last two acts of the play are depicted with unremitting, condemnatory sourness.

No playwright in the English language has a greater passion for language than Kushner. In the long Homebody monologue, it felt like the audience wanted to support Homebody, she seemed vulnerable alone on the stage for so long. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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Play Description Four Arab women from across the ages meet in the afterlife. You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter s – please keep an eye on your mailbox, we’re movin’ in! Not everything Homebody talked about stuck with me, but I was able to gather some of the emotional struggles she faced as well as her cultural explorations. M ost American dramatists look inwards. It’s never convincingly delineated, and could the delightful woman who began the evening have been so wretched a mother?

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She’s an entirely original creation, this Homebody, self-absorbed but also insecure, questing and gentle, simultaneously unhappy and in love with the world, obsessed with words, which she sometimes uses wrongly and sometimes with new and startling accuracy — language being another of Kbul major themes.


The relentlessly unpleasant behavior of these representatives of Western culture is contrasted with the gentle eloquence of the Tajik poet, the passionate despair of the suffering Afghan wife, the mystic wisdom of a hermit guarding hombody grave of Cain. And this play was one of the plays that did this to me.

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I have never read anything like this book. Of course, they are understood by virtually no-one – suc A woman more in love with her inner, intellectual life and books than reality or her own family steals away to Afghanistan.

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