by Paula Citron
Tony Kushner, the author of Angels in America writes long plays. His 2001 opus Homebody/Kabul is being given its Canadian premiere. and it is significant for a number of reasons. The play is set just before and after the American bombing of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan in 1998. 9/11 and the Afghan invasion are future events.
Kushner is always interesting because his language and ideas are dense. His premise is that an English housewife is so moved by an outdated guidebook of Afghanistan and the Kabul that once was, that guilt makes her leave her husband and daughter to go there where she is murdered. Fiona Reid gives a performance of a lifetime as the Homebody.
The rest of the play is the collision of cultures as the husband and daughter go to Kabul in search of her. In light of current events, the play is a barrage of provocative themes.
Homebody/Kabul continues until Jun. 9.
From Berkeley Street Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.