A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro OnStage Playhouse, Chula Vista
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The play, based on the book A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam, written by Keith Walker, follows six strong independent female characters that come from all over the United States, and the actors do an extremely great job at portraying the accents, mannerisms and ideologies of each of the women, that don’t exactly follow a black and white take on the war. Leanne, a half-Chinese, half-Italian, who strongly opposes the war, and decides to join the Red Cross in hopes of furthering her career. In contrast, Martha is the daughter of a career military father, who discovers that Vietnam is more than she bargained for. Sissy, a naïve but sweet girl from a religious Pennsylvania home, who falters with her own views of her faith, and Whitney, a graduate from Vassar that isn’t as prepared for the task as she thought she was. The scenes of pure chaos inside the nurse’s tents, leaves the audiences clenching their teeth and sitting at the edge of the chair.