Last of the Boys On Stage At The Visalia Ice House

by Nancy Holley

Steven Dietz’ Last of the Boys flows seamlessly between reality and illusion as his characters attempt to control their lives. In a 48-hour snapshot, Dietz’ skillfully depicts the comfort and strain of relationships between Vietnam vets (Ben and Jeeter); mother and daughter (Lorraine and Salyer); and lovers (Salyer and Jeeter).
Relationships are built on memories, and memories are tricky. Some are here one minute gone the next. Others never fade, frequently causing us to churn them over and over and over. Last of the Boys explores the pain and anguish memories can inflict.