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Fighting in 'Nam 

Wednesday, Jun 24 2009
If you've ever met any actual, real-life AWOL soldiers, you know they're not as swashbuckling as you might have hoped. Mostly, they're highly practical ("Can I crash at your place tonight?") and really, really scared ("I am so fucked! Buy me another beer?"). In the world premiere of Aurorae Khoo's play, Fayette-Nam, the playwright sketches a very honest portrait of just such a person: an Oakland teenager, hiding out in a North Carolina doughnut-and-egg roll shop. The proprietor, who spends her time in romantic daydreams of Paris, is the opposite of her Goth daughter, who is also hiding from the police after setting her dorm on fire. They're all stuck in the shop, where the smell of grease and the glare of cheap neon barge rudely into their hopes for the future. How could a love triangle not ensue?
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 3. Continues through July 11, 2009

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