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Alienation, AIDS and Murder, but Keeping a Sense of Humor


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.


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