Streamers takes us into the barracks with four young soldiers fresh from basic training in Virginia as they anxiously await their orders while watching the conflict in Vietnam escalate.
Streamers premiered in 1976 as the third part of David Rabe’s Vietnam trilogy (which also includes The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Sticks and Bones). David himself served with the army in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, and out of that period came these powerful plays, each looking at different aspects of war and its aftermath, and each making use of an exceedingly dark sense of humor in depicting these events. What I find interesting is that you can’t pigeonhole David’s work as “anti-war plays.” In fact, he makes no attempt to take a position on war but instead chooses to show us what he actually saw – the relationships between the men, the atmosphere of fear – these moments are about the reality of what these young men faced rather than making an attempt to analyze the experience with the easy aid of hindsight.
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2008-2009 Season, Streamers