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David Rabe, one of the nation’s most honored playwrights and screenwriters, is best known for Streamers, the last of his Vietnam War trilogy. Streamers, which Rabe wrote in 1976, is set in a basic training barracks in Virginia in 1965. It deals with the tensions that arise among a small group of trainees as the Vietnam War hovers ominously in the background. Rabe was drafted into the Army and served in a military hospital in Vietnam in 1966-67.
The latest New York City production of Streamers, by the Roundabout Theater Company, opened early in November and is scheduled to run through January 11 at the Laura Pels Theater. Directed by Scott Ellis, the play, which received a generally favorable review by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times, features Hale Appleman (as Richie), Brad Fleischer (as Billy) and J. D. Williams (Roger) (above).
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