5TH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson

This one didn’t really do it for me. It read well and had plenty of funny and touching moments. The setting was interesting and there was one really fun character. Overall though this play typifies quite a few of the problems I have with many (not all) modern plays. Everyone talks like they’re in a play. This worked before realism existed and it still works in less realistic dramatic pieces. However, 5th of July wants to be realistic. It’s one of those works that wants us to see its action as reflecting “real life.” Unfortunately, most of the characters sound like what people like them are supposed to sound like. The oldest female character suffers worst from this tendency. Everything sounds so clever and self-consciously meaningful that, after a while, it just gets boring.


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