Women of War

Silent Heroes finds the battle on the home front.

The phrase "support our troops" is one that has become synonymous with the war in Iraq. And it's a noble and just directive. But what about those who remain at home: the families, friends, and wives of the warriors battling overseas? These people are soldiers in a battle with uncertainty; and they're the subjects of Silent Heroes, the final play of the 2008 season at the Women's Theatre Project (Sixth Star Studios, 505 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale).

Silent Heroes debuted in 2002 at the Pittsburgh New Play Festival to glowing reviews. Playwright Linda Escalera Baggs based the tale on true accounts of two Navy men and the families they left behind. It tells the tale of six Marine Corp wives who've just heard the news that one of their husbands is not coming home. In typical military fashion, information is unclear — although they know one man is dead, they don't know which one. As they wait to find out, they drop the rigid code by which military wives conduct themselves and discuss everything that was once taboo: infidelity, abuse, love, and longing. The Women's Theatre Project production runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., until October 26. Tickets cost $26. Call 866-811-4111, or visit womenstheatreproject.com.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Oct. 26, 2008

 
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