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Archive for David Mamet

THE ANARCHIST at Theatre Asylum

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

Words not meant to misdirect are wasted,” says one of the combatants in “The Anarchist,” and at certain levels that might describe the whole thing. Read more…

Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

There’s something slightly inhuman about David Mamet’s play: It tells the tale of a former anarchist, Cathy (Felicity Huffman), who killed two policemen in the course of a robbery, and has been in prison for years. Now she is up for parole, and during a final encounter with her parole officer (Rebecca Pidgeon) she has just one chance to demonstrate that she deserves to be set free. Read more…

Now running through May 23.

AMERICAN BUFFALO at the State Playhouse

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Al Pacino and Robert Duvall are among the performers who have played Teach, the deluded, out-of-control conman who spurs much of the seamy shenanigans in David Mamet’s American Buffalo.

While I’ve never been privileged to see either in the role, I’d put money on the competitive excellence of Troy Kotsur, a signing performer whose sizzling portrayal dominates the current Deaf West production at Cal State L.A.’s State Playhouse. Read more...

Margaret Gray – LA Times

David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” which premiered in Chicago in 1975, startled and delighted the theater world with its dialogue: broken, overlapping sentence fragments, studded with expletives, at once highly mannered and faithful to the rhythms of everyday conversation. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

Troy Kotsur leaves it all on the stage. Playing Teach in the Deaf West/Cal State L.A. co-production of American Buffalo, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Kotsur’s Teach is attitude, anger, and simmering aggression. You know he’s going to lose control of his barely suppressed rage, and you worry for the health of anyone who might be nearby when the inevitable explosion occurs. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

This production of one of modern theater’s seminal plays is certainly interesting intellectually. David Mamet’s 1975 three-hander is in a co-production by Deaf West Theatre and California State University, Los Angeles. The involvement of Deaf West in a show means creative melding of spoken English and American Sign Language to seamlessly recount a story for its hearing and deaf audience members. Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

David Mamet’s ferociously grifty drama  of small-time thugs  gets a strikingly evocative staging in director Stephen Rothman’s innovative, adrenaline-driven production. Read more…

Now playing through March 8.

RACE at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

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Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

David Mamet’s play Race, about a rich, white guy seeking a law firm to defend him from accusations of raping a black woman, ought to feel ripped from the headlines — even though it premiered on Broadway nearly five years ago. Read more…

Melinda Schupmann – Showmag

A David Mamet play is always cerebral, generally provocative, and often leads one to debate issues raised in the storyline at the conclusion of the production. Moreover, its craftsmanship is to be admired. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

A slight plot is merely a framework for David Mamet’s talky and sordid play Race. A partnership comprised of a paralegal assistant and two lawyers — one black, one white — discuss a case they reluctantly agree to defend whereby a wealthy white man has been accused of raping a black woman. Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

In David Mamet’s Race, two veteran criminal lawyers, the white Jack Lawson (Chris Bauer of True Blood and The Wire) and the black Henry Brown (Dominic Hoffman), banter and badger in the playwright’s patented patois. They show professional perspicacity about a legal process predicated not on justice, but on trial by combat between competing self-interests and prejudices.   Read more…

Now running through Sept. 28.