When Frank D. Gilroys The Subject Was Roses first appeared on Broadway in 1964, the drama won a Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The heartbreaking story follows a soldier who returns home from WW II only to find that his parents have become strangers both to him and to each other. Called a drama of quiet devastation by The Washington Post, the story focuses on family conflict and the strange, sad ways we manage to crush each other from the inside out. Though there have been few major revivals of the play since the 60s, the story of the effects of war on a family are as equally relevant today as they were 40 years ago a truth that can only make the production at Country Playhouse even more bittersweet.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 24. Continues through Sept. 8