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Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Royal Court, review:

This is an immensely arresting and impressive piece of work.  Suzan-Lori Parks's triptych is set during the American Civil War and - over three 50-minute plays - unfolds a story of race, slavery and what it means to be free. One of its great achievement is capturing an idiom that can shift with consummate ease between high and low registers, the serious and the irreverent.  Park has borrowed her templates from the Odyssey and Greek tragedy with a directness that's refreshingly blunt and playful in its reworking of convention  and wholly unburdened by solemnity.  It's a post-modern mash-up rather than, say, Eugene O'Neill's stately home-from-the-Civil-War play, Mourning Becomes Electra, and it has the sharp quality of a fable that will never cease to be timely.

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