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The cast of Tribes
The cast of Tribes
Stan Barouh

Judging a book by its cover, has become more of the norm with the abundance of media, and the rush to judgment, "who said it first". Doctors are discovering that all medicines do not work for all races, that not because it looks like a duck, walks like one is one. Take the Tony Wards this year; if someone did not point out the apparent female dancing up and down the aisle was Neil Patrick Harris in "drag", the judgment would have been, "Nooo!"

Which brings me to this American family of five, fairly well educated, where both parents have published books. The one daughter has aspirations in voice arts, one son has similar ambitions; and then there is son number two. Born deaf, but seems to understand the spoken word, "sign", was new to him, however, the parents and siblings wanted to treat him as normal.

As life went on this normal looking family began to show the cracks: sexual satisfaction seemed elusive, the daughter could not find a boyfriend; mom was more interested in her next novel, dad concerned that son number one was a pot smoker, meantime son number two fell in love, wanted to move out, live with his lover, and disown his parents.

Tribes is the name of this play at Everyman Theatre, in Baltimore Md. With the heavy dose of colorful language, the hearing impaired would certainly feel uninhibited. Sign language has been elevated through this play, and most will come away learning at least one thing, how to show with your hands, the sign of "love".