New York Times (03/01/95) P. C13
The first act of Nicky Silver's "Raised in Captivity" features
two men describing two very different deaths. One man has
watched his lover die from AIDS, while the other man talks
about committing a murder. The play--which is about
alienation, guilt, redemption, and self-punishment--opens in a
graveyard where Sebastian Bliss, his twin sister, and her
husband have gathered to mourn the death of the twins' mother.
Sebastian, who has lived in a state of "sexual and emotional
celibacy" in the 11 years since his lover's death, later says,
"I have no contact with anyone, including myself." The author
juxtaposes the banal and the outlandishly whimsical in
dialogue that lingers hauntingly in the memory.