Last of the Boys, a Fierce, Funny American Comedy
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The last date listed for Last of the Boys was Saturday September 24, 2005 / 3:00pm.
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Jeeter arrives in the Great Central Valley to the rusted trailer of his buddy Ben, a fellow Vietnam veteran. Their beer drinking is interrupted by the arrival of Jeeter’s new girlfriend, her crazy mother and a stranger from their shared past. This is a fierce, funny American story by Steven Dietz, one of the country’s most widely-produced playwrights.
The following is from the opening stage directions of Last of the Boys: "A man appears from the trailer. Moves into the yard, opening a bottle of beer. Not a good beer. This is a point of contention. These things matter. Name is Stephen Willoughy Stark. You’d know him as Jeeter. (And you wouldn’t know why.) He’s a vet. Vietnam. Our man has lived hard in his fifty-plus years. Knocked about these amber waves for a good long time and left his name on an awful lot of lists, if you follow. And he always ends up here: at the home of his best pal, his “top hombre,” his “comrade in armchairs”: Benjamin Lee Holloway. You’d know him as Ben. (You WOULD NOT call him “Benny” or “Benjie” or any other moniker of jocular familiarity – even in jest.) And chances are you’d like him. He’s a builder. Used to work for a contractor, but couldn’t abide a lesser man looking over his shoulder. Too much like Nam. Yeah, he’s a vet, too."