Clybourne Park

by

Bruce Norris

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Tom Driscoll Character Analysis

A white man in his late twenties. Tom is likely related to Ted Driscoll, the realtor who sold Bev and Russ’s home to the Younger family. Tom is a lawyer working with Lena and Kevin on behalf of the Clybourne Park neighborhood. He is an efficient, practical man, and seems to be good at his job. His is gay, which he only shares near the end of Act II to explain to Steve why he was offended by his racist—and arguably homophobic—joke. Tom is played by the same actor who plays Jim in Act I.

Tom Driscoll Quotes in Clybourne Park

The Clybourne Park quotes below are all either spoken by Tom Driscoll or refer to Tom Driscoll. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Clybourne Park published in 2011.
Act 2 Quotes

Lindsey: Can I say? We talked about renovation. We discussed it. Because these houses are so charming and I know it’s a shame — but when you figure in the crack in the sub-floor and the cost of the lead abatement — and in a market like this one? It just made more sense to start from scratch.
Tom: Right. But: the Owners Association has a vested interest — Kevin and Lena call me up last month, they say Tom, we’ve got this problem, these people are planning to build a house that’s a full fifteen feet taller than all the adjacent structures…and I think we’d all agree that there’s a mutual benefit to maintaining the integrity — the architectural integrity…of a historically significant…neighborhood.

Related Characters: Tom Driscoll (speaker), Lindsey (speaker), Steve, Lena, Kevin
Page Number: 133
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Tom Driscoll Character Timeline in Clybourne Park

The timeline below shows where the character Tom Driscoll appears in Clybourne Park. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2
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...and their lawyer, Kathy, and a black couple named Kevin and Lena, and their lawyer, Tom. (full context)
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...a comment about Spaniards, like the architect, and how they are temperamental. Kevin agrees, but Tom says Hector seemed “cool”. (full context)
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...her off, wanting to wait for Lindsey. There’s a pause in the conversation, and then Tom suggests returning to the document while they wait. Steve immediately derails the conversation by pointing... (full context)
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Tom briefly gets the conversation back on track. He explains that the neighborhood has tried to... (full context)
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Tom assumes the Landmarks Committee will pass the neighborhood petition to preserve the neighborhood, which Kathy... (full context)
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...so charming,” but the house was so run-down she would rather build a new one. Tom explains that Kevin and Lena called him when they realized Lindsey and Steve planned to... (full context)
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Tom’s phone rings and he leaves the conversation to answer the call. Steve returns from the... (full context)
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...is inappropriate. Lena interrupts again, more aggressively. Kathy, who has been checking her voicemails, and Tom, who was still on the phone, hang up and focus on her. She is frustrated... (full context)
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...value of the neighborhood she means historical or monetary. Lena clarifies that she means historical. Tom points out that if Steve read the neighborhood petition he should understand. (full context)
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...and receiving the neighborhood petition has sent her over the edge. Returning to the document, Tom suggests reducing the height of the house, but Kathy snaps that it’s too late to... (full context)
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Tom disagrees with Kathy, and reminds her that the City Council has recognized the “historic status”... (full context)
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Tom tries to get the group back on task, but they’re too far gone. Steve believes... (full context)
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...Steve feels that Lindsey is not allowed to be offended, as it doesn’t concern her. Tom interjects that he’s gay, and therefore the joke offends him. Steve tries to argue the... (full context)
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Tom wraps up the conversation. No one has final thoughts except for Lindsey, who is hurt... (full context)