The War Comes Home

Battles are fought on all kinds of fronts. At home with your family, at work with menacing coworkers who insist on eating food with your name on it, on the scalps of frizzy-haired women all over South Florida (trust me, I know). But there are real battles in real places like Afghanistan, and there are veterans coming home every day from all over the world to a country they fought for -- one that ends up disappointing them. In The Hummingbird Wars, that very thing takes place. Carter W. Lewis' play takes us into today's world from the perspective of a soldier returning from Afghanistan only to face problems he couldn't have anticipated: layoffs, health insurance, bills. His problems are our problems, and though Lewis doesn't pull punches, he gives the play the humor it needs to balance the sometimes gruesome truth that life isn't what we thought it would be. The Hummingbird Wars is being presented by Delray's artistic hot spot that has become a staple for plays, music, and counterculture: the Delray Arts Garage. It's located at 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $30 for general admission or $35 for reserved seating, and premium seats range from $45 to $245. The play runs Wednesday through Friday beginning Friday and continuing through February 2. Curtains go up at 7:30 p.m. during the week and at 2 p.m. on weekends. Call 561-450-6357, or visit
Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 10. Continues through Feb. 2, 2014
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Tana Velen