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->''"Because you are a [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross Red Cross]] girl! THE All-American Girl to every service man you meet!"''

A 2006 play by Shirley Lauro to remind us that UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar was just as horrific for the women involved.

The two-act play follows six women (four nurses, a Red Cross volunteer, and an intelligence officer) before, during, and after the war. Said jumble of characters includes Sissy, a [[WideEyedIdealist rather naive]] but sweet girl from Pennsylvania; Whitney, a seemingly prim and proper Vassar graduate [[NaughtyByNight with a secret]]; Martha, an [[MilitaryBrat army brat]] who discovers Vietnam might be more than she bargained for; Steele, an African-American woman who despite being the most capable of the lot seems to always get treated as [[TheCassandra the Cassandra]]; Maryjo, a country-rock singer and professional [[TheDitz ditz]] who goes over to entertain the troops; and Leeann, the half-[[Chinese]], [[MixedAncestry half-Italian]] who just wanted to go to Hawaii, but instead gets routinely mistaken for Vietnamese.

Equal parts [[NarmCharm Narm Charm]] and [[DoesThisRemindYouofAnything unintentional hilarity]], it still manages to be touching.
!!Provides Examples Of:

* TheAlcoholic: Whitney.
* AlmostDeadGuy: The dying soldiers, sort of.
* BlackAndNerdy: Steele, somewhat, as she is arguably the most intelligent out of all the characters.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Quite often, in the script.

[[folder: LEEANN ]]
''': Regardless of color, skin, or race.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Leeann's quite a fan of this one during her Act II mental breakdown:
--> '''[[/folder]]

[[folder: LEEANN ]]
''': No! DON'T YOU TOUCH ME! You don't know what this is like for me!
* DoubleEntendre: Leeann's first diary entry. It means exactly what you think it means.

[[folder: LEEANN ]]
''': Hank is ringing my chimes!
* DraftDodging: Seen as perfectly justified by a lot of civilians:

[[folder: MAN ]]
''': I mean, they didn't have to go in the first place, right? Million easy ways to avoid the draft.
** ...and impossibly annoying to the soldiers:

[[folder: G.I. ]]
''': Dear Santa! I want a draft-dodging, anti-war demonstrator in my stocking please!
* DuringTheWar: And ''how''.
** Also a {{Hopeless War}}.
** ScrewTheWarWerePartying: The party scene, of course.
* FreakOut: Every character, one by one, starting midway through Act II. That's what you get when your psyche's been slowly, painfully eroded by war experience.
* GirlNextDoor: Sissy.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Miss "Maryjo Kincaid from Beaumont, Texas."
* GuyOfTheWeek: Postwar Whitney has quite a few. Bruce, Steve, Richard (married), Pete, [[spoiler: her "women friends"...]]
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Why Whitney joins. She sees a Red Cross form on the placement board and decides Vietnam sounds like a pretty good idea. ''Because they speak FRENCH.''
* TheMedic: The nurses.
* MildlyMilitary: Subverted. The nurses go through hell and have to follow strict orders. This isn't ''M*A*S*H''.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: [[spoiler: What Maryjo seems to think (at least for a while) about her unfortunate encounter with some grunts in Nha Trang. Later subverted when she does call it rape.]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Not sure if it qualifies as a war crime, but Leeann's attempted strangling of the young VC member is definitely an example of "no black and white morality here, folks."
* TheOneGuy: Originally, all male characters (of which there were MANY!) were played by a single male actor, but some productions split the role up to two or more guys.
** Many of the male characters are, quite sadly, {{Cannon Fodder}}.
* OrchestralBombing: Weird version, because this takes place ''after'' the war, and it's all in their heads. At one point, the women collectively go insane with war imagery, and about five trillion layered tracks (cannons, choppers...''carolers'') start playing in the background.
* OverrankedSoldier: Justified, though. Nurses (and a lot of the servicemen) got ridiculous promotions straight away so ''somebody'' would be in charge.
* PensieveFlashback
* RecruitersAlwaysLie: See TheThemeParkVersion below.
* ReunionKiss: [[spoiler: The finale.]]
* SassyBlackWoman: Steele, on occasion.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Generally, whenever the script gets tired of mass casualties for the nurses, it breaks up the warfare with a bit of this.
* TheSixties: And how!
* StalkerWithACrush: Postwar Maryjo [[spoiler:follows Clint cross-country from Colorado to Vermont after he breaks up with her. They then live together for six more years.]]
* SuddenlySexuality: Whitney. She has Jane in Act I (see above), and then a string of men in Act II, followed by a declaration that [[spoiler:all her friends are women]].
* TheThemeParkVersion: The Army recruiters convince Leeann and Sissy with a) tons of fancy equipment, b) gorgeous hospitals, and c) the promise that they'd have to ''volunteer'' for Vietnam––otherwise, they could work in somewhere like Germany or Hawaii if they so pleased. [[SarcasmMode Riiiiiiiiiiight]].
* TitleDrop: Done by Martha, quite dramatically, towards the end of Act I.
* TokenMinority: Both Steele and Leeann. Though the play ''was'' based off a book of the same name chronicling the real life experiences of women who served in Vietnam, their specific inclusion in the play (which mashed together the experiences of many of the women in the book) falls under this trope.