Grimsley, Jim. A Bird of Prey. 1999. 48 pp. B 11+ Life is difficult for Monty. His time at home is made unpleasant by an alcoholic, abusive father; at school the other students ridicule him for always carrying a Bible. Monty’s one friend is Thayer, a rebellious outsider. When Corvette, another boy at school, mysteriously disappears, Monty discovers that Thayer is a recruiter for a child pornography ring. Monty advises Thayer to tell the police about the pornography ring and Corvette’s murder, but after doing so, Thayer feels overwhelmed by life’s problems and hangs himself in the high school chemistry lab. A Bird of Prey is a bleak, hopeless portrayal of the world that adolescents face, where survival is the ultimate goal and adults are too wrapped up in their own problems to provide any help. This is a well-crafted piece of theater, but performance companies should carefully consider the appropriateness of the theme, subject matter, and language. This play has a cast of eleven actors and requires a unit set. From: Slaight, Craig. New Plays from A.C.T.âs Young Conservatory, Volume III. Smith & Kraus, 1999. ISBN 1-57525-122-1. $16.95. 189 pp. Reviewed by Nathan F. Christensen
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