In this sensitive critical examination of James Reaney's plays, Gerald Parker places Reaney's work in a national and international context. Parker discusses Reaney's own vision of what theatre is, and considers individual plays with emphasis on the playwright's passion for the geography and people of Southwestern Ontario. Parker analyzes the intricate fabric of Reaney's plays from The Killdeer and Listen to the Wind through the Donnelly trilogy.
"Well researched, serious . . . Does this book do justice to its subject? Unquestionably, and more: it forces one to re-evaluate a national treasure." --"Canadian Book Review Annual""" "Parker . . . reads the plays in a sophisticated and thorough manner, and his attention to language and structure in Reaney's work pays off." --"Books in Canada"