World War II is long over, but it lingers in `Hearts'

October 31, 2007|By Katy O'Donnell | Katy O'Donnell,Sun reporter

Psychiatrists, skinheads, underground radicals and horse rustling. It's hard to find a pattern in the subjects of award-winning playwright Willy Holtzman's works. As he put it, he's attracted to dramatic stories that draw on "factual, historical material." But if Holtzman's plays before Hearts, which opens tonight at Center Stage, had anything in common - it's that they had nothing to do with him.

Self-conscious about his "cookie-cutter background" as a baby boomer growing up in Missouri, Holtzman has, as a rule, shied away from anything autobiographical.

If you go Hearts runs at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., through Dec. 2. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15-$45. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.

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