The Unbearable Banishment: Speed-The-Cast

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I just read that Jeremy Piven is doing the lead in a revival of David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow" in October. To borrow Mr. Mamet's syntax; I cannot fucking WAIT! This is a casting stroke of genius. Ari Gold is the bastard evil spawn of Bobby Gould. I saw the original Broadway production in 1988. At that time, I remember that it was fashionable—particularly in the New York media—to pile on Madonna. The consensus was that the role was just too much for her meager acting skills. I tend to view such universal condemnation by the New York theater Nazis with deep suspicion. It usually spews forth from a group of people who could never actually do the thing that they are criticizing, but do you know what? In this case they were right on the money. She stunk! Currently, Kevin Spacy is doing Mamet's American Buffalo in London. What I wouldn't give for a reasonably priced round trip ticket to the UK.

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Last night when I walked in the house, 2-year old daughter ran up, wrapped her arms around my leg, looked up at me and gave me a glad-to-see-you look that broke my stupid heart. What am I going to do when she starts to make unreasonable demands? I'm as doomed as doomed could be.


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