Good Morning, Baghdad

Looming televisions dominate the stage -- and the action -- in this antiwar play

The cast is superb. Kim Ostrenko, a fine comedian with a sly, subversive wit, is exceptionally effective as Vicki, the icy blonde whose upbeat cheer masks a conformity verging on panic. Stephen G. Anthony as her blockheaded spouse and Blair Sams as her awkward, sad-sack pal, Phoebe, also deliver particularly fine work.

The Gulf of Westchester isn't a thoughtful or insightful play, but its immediacy and raw, passionate voice make it exactly the kind of script that ought to be given a hearing (if there are any neocon playwrights out there, here's hoping they get their say as well). As events in Iraq lurch from one dismaying episode to the next, it is impossible to predict how this national drama will work itself out. It is likely, though, that this troubling, tumultuous era will be the subject of many a play for years to come.

The war breaches suburbia: Kim Ostrenko (left), Blair 
Sams, and Stephen G. Anthony
The war breaches suburbia: Kim Ostrenko (left), Blair Sams, and Stephen G. Anthony

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Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Directed by Louis Tyrrell. With Stephen G. Anthony, Andrea Cirie, Ian Hersey, Kim Ostrenko, Blair Sams, and Tom Wahl. Presented through June 13. Call 561-585-3433, 800-514-3837, or www.floridastage.org
Florida Stage, 262 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan

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