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The Mound Builders by Lanford Wilson

The Mound Builders

by Lanford Wilson

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" In the tale of an odd group of people--archaeologists, a drunken writer, an ambitious farmboy, a child--writer Lanford Wilson discovers the major rifts in western civilization and the human soul. A superb cast, superbly directed, ekes all the joy and all the horror from that rarest of contemporary works of art, an intelligent lay about intelligent people"--IMDb.… (more)



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Sort of refreshing in a science play, this one is about archeology. The archeologists are excavating mounds left behind by the early inhabitants of North America, but nothing is going in their favor. The play itself is as much about human relationships as it is about archeology, and as is usual in these sorts of plays, the scientist has a wife who feels put upon, but is herself about as useless as anyone can be. She is selfish and hedonistic, and in a refreshing change for a science play, is not presented as being poorly treated by her husband in any major way. She is simply not a good match for him. Overall, a decent work that shows fairly well the difficulties that science has to contend with, even though there is a frustrating undercurrent of sympathy for the anti-science view of some of the local population. ( )
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