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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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