Homebody/Kabul

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 to create this suspenseful portrait of a

  • Title: Homebody/Kabul
  • Author: Tony Kushner
  • ISBN: 9781559362399
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 to create this suspenseful portrait of a dangerous collision between cultures Written before 9 11, Homebody Kabul premiered in New York in December 2001 and has had highly successful productions in London, ProvidenIn Homebody Kabul, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, has turned his penetrating gaze to the arena of global politics to create this suspenseful portrait of a dangerous collision between cultures Written before 9 11, Homebody Kabul premiered in New York in December 2001 and has had highly successful productions in London, Providence, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles This version incorporates all the playwright s changes and is now the definitive version of the text.

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    1. Brenda

      A woman more in love with her inner, intellectual life (and books) than reality or her own family steals away to Afghanistan. Her husband and daughter, virtual strangers to her emotionally, go in search of her in a land of miscommunication, brutality and death.There is so much in this play it's hard to know where to start. One of the characters is a poet who unfortunately learned Esperanto so that his words could be understood by everyone. Of course, they are understood by virtually no-one - suc [...]

    2. Morgan

      I almost didn't get past the first scene. I almost said "This is ridiculous" and put it way. And then I got past it. And oh my God. I can't even begin to describe it. Poignant, might be a good term. Utterly, absurdly human. But there was something about it, not exactly surrealistic, but nighmarish. That, yes, this is Kabul, this is Afghanistan, but this is the Afghanistan of dreams, where horribly amazing things happen. Half known and unknown. And the language, the use of language, absolutely be [...]

    3. jo

      this play is astonishing. the opening monologue is worth alone the play's weight in gold. the development of the story is mind-blowing, moving, and pleasantly mystifying: a brilliant commentary of the State Of The World. i can't wait to teach it.

    4. Sherri

      A wordy, brainy, mysterious and heartfelt play that looks at the sociopolitical tensions of colonization and exoticization through the lens of family dysfunction. Or is is looking at dysfunctional family dynamics through the lens of geopolitical analysis? Homebody/Kabul is certainly a both/and of an experience. The rhapsodic, virtuosic monologue comprising Act 1, Scene 1 is about as well-woven a piece of scenework as I've ever read, and I am grateful that Kushner chose to extend the piece beyond [...]

    5. Molly

      I think that I enjoyed this play. It was one of those plays that, when you have finished reading it you feel more solid/complete. I know that sounds odd or corny and some people probably don't agree with me, but for me it happens. And this play was one of the plays that did this to me. The opening monologue was a little hard to get through. I don't know if you have ever read Satanic Verses but it kind of reminded me of that: It was poetic and discussed a culture I didn't understand, but after a [...]

    6. Jil

      I've learned more about Afghanistan in the last two years than I was expecting to: The Kite Runner for senior year summer reading, The Places in Between for college freshmen summer reading, and this for my 21st Century American Drama class. I still feel embarrassingly ignorant about it, a point emphasized in this play: not only are many of our assumptions about this country incorrect, but there is so, so much that we don't understand and choose not to.I thought the messages in this play were int [...]

    7. Claire S

      I'm watching 'Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,' and he talks about right after 9/11, he realized - oh goodness, what do I do with my current play? Do I keep everything as it is? Is it ok still to mention Osama Bin Laden? Because he had written this whole thing about the situation in Afghanistan and the problems about to erupt there and Americans level of engagement etc *prior* to 9/11. So, some do actually pay attention. The artistsI adore Kushner, of course I don't -like- all of [...]

    8. Dave

      If nothing else, this play is brave. Written just before 9/11 and performed shortly thereafter, Kushner's play looks at sides of Afghanistan that can't be easily simplified into bad guys and good guys and that would not have been very popular in that dark period of generalized recrimination, fear, and hatred. For me, Afghanistan becomes more and more the symbol of crossing and interchange--and the violence that often accompanies these interactions when imprudently pursued. In many ways, I identi [...]

    9. Kevin

      Act 1, Scene 1 is an undeniable masterpiece. I am, however, of the (apparently contrarian) opinion that the rest of the play lives up to its opening. According to his own afterword, Kushner made a concerted effort to abridge an apparently much longer draft of the play. He kept the thematic resonances that are this play's chief pleasure, but perhaps at the cost of character depth. In particular Homebody's husband, Milton, is given short shrift, but I'm told Maggie Gyllenhaal, in the role of Prisc [...]

    10. David Mark

      The measure of attention this play has received is not due to any intrinsic merit but rather to the coincidence of it having been written just before 9/11 and first performed very soon after, when the world's attention was on Afghanistan, which happens to be the setting of the play. Apart from timeliness, "Homebody/Kabul" has little to recommend itself, telling a simple and unpleasant story filled with flat characters. The one exception is the well-developed and thought-provoking character with [...]

    11. Molly

      I felt that this play was a bit self indulgent and even a little masturbatory. It seemed like Kushner was just showing off his extensive knowledge of intricate language. None of the characters were particularly likable so I wasn't really compelled to find out what happened to them. Perhaps I am just not sophisticated enough to appreciate what Kushner was trying to say; I found this play pretentious, depressing and tedious.

    12. srutherford81

      One of my favorite books/plays. Tony Kushner has a way of turning normal acts like traveling or reading a travel guide into thought provoking material. This book envokes discussions about the narcism of travel. The 'us v them' dichotomy or eastern and western cultures, and the complexities of the Afghan culture. Curiously, this was written just before 9/11.

    13. Jacqueline

      having read a number of reviews.i seem to have had an opposite reaction to most. I found the monologue which comprises the first scene captivating - i found the rest somewhat of a let down somewhat of a contrivance. I wanted more of homebody's inner dialogue and less of everyone else's diatribe.

    14. Jeanne

      This piece is notable for it's ability to expose the inherent biases of the Western person when contact is made with 'the exotic east'. It gives a compelling picture of the political makeup of Afganistan, and also some background on the Taliban regime. An informative fictional piece, though not perhaps one of my very favorite. Certainly good for discussion.

    15. Anne

      I suppose the downfall of writing a masterpiece like Angels in America is that readers will always have that in their mind. This is no AIA, but it is smart, conscientious, political, and eerily prophetic. Pre 9/11, Kushner was awake while many of us were sleeping. He warned of the consequences of our involvement with the Taliban, and we are living those consequences to this day.

    16. Dimps

      Intense. You really have to stay in your toes in order to understand what's going on. I read this book in college. I would not have picked it off the shelf as something to read, but I am glad my professor picked it out for me. I have never read anything like this book. Some scenes are hilarious, while others make your stomach turn.

    17. Brett

      what i was most intrigued by in this play was it's treatment of language and connection and its linking together of the personal and [not only public, but] international. i would love to see it performed live.

    18. Josh Hornbeck

      Tony Kushner's "Homebody/Kabul" is a gorgeous play about our complicated relationship with the Middle-East, our warped interest in the "strangeness" of foreign cultures, and the overwhelming burdens of grief and knowledge.

    19. Tatyana Kagamas

      In the afterword of this I discovered that Homebody/Kabul was in preproduction just months before 9/11. There are frighteningly prescient observations that when read in a "post-9/11 world" elicit an eerie sense of anxiety.

    20. Lori

      Not one of my favorites, though I have met Tony and LOVE his other plays. I just find the monologues in this one to be cumbersome. It's just a matter of taste, though-- this is one of my husband's favorites.

    21. Caitlin Mininger

      I'm not sure if I ought to give this play three stars, or more than that. Like the other Tony Kushner plays I've experienced on the page or stage, it's disrupted me. I don't know yet what to do with it. I don't know really what it means to me. It was worth the reading, though.

    22. Jeff Phillips

      Would love to see this performed, can see it be a challenging one for actors to handle the language effectively, which would be quite engaging if done well. In terms of reading it as literature definitely flows like a great piece of art.

    23. Bex

      This was one of only a couple required reading texts for my degree that I never got around to finishing. Four years later I wish I had because I get the feeling this play truly benefits from in depth discussion.

    24. Vera

      As far as I'm concerned, the first act -- the eponymous character's monologue -- is the whole play. Its text makes one step aside and bow down, as a reader, a writer, an observer of human history. Actors should find their humility in that text.

    25. Fabian

      Intelligent, well composed, had to read it for a class and would have otherwise put it down as I never felt emotionally attached.

    26. Maja

      The play takes place in London & Kabul, just before & after the American bombardment of the suspected terrorist training camps in Khost, Afghanistan-August 1998.

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