The Unbearable Banishment: mamet-a-rama

Friday, July 3, 2009


I included a pic of David Mamet to make it appear as though he's reading this post. Tee-hee.

The fall theater season is starting to take shape and if you like the acerbic wit of David Mamet (who doesn’t?), you’re in luck. There are no fewer than THREE Mamet productions being mounted. His, some claim, woman-hating play Oleanna, will get a Broadway revival staring Julia Stiles and Bill Pullman. It’s Stiles’ Broadway debut. Good luck, cupcake. I saw this play years ago in the East Village with William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet’s wife). A college professor stands accused of sexual harassment. Did he do it? That depends on who you ask. Men tend to say he was falsely accused. Women tend to be wrong.

Mamet’s new play, Race, is also getting a run on Broadway. Mamet’s new productions are shrouded in secrecy. I think it’s more of a marketing ploy than anything else. Race will star James Spader and Richard Thomas.

Finally, The Atlantic Theater Company, one of my favorite venues in the city, will host a pair of Mamet one act plays. One-acts are great because if the first one stinks, you needn’t suffer for very long. An entirely new play will start after the interval. After the Mamet one-acts, the Atlantic is mounting a Sam Sheppard play. Those guys really have their shit together.


OpenID nursemyra said...

you have great theatre in nyc

July 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger jason quinones said...

don't recall if i've ever seen a b;way mamet play. but i've seen a few of his films or things he's written for the screen.

last saw macy and stiles in a film called "edmund". pretty meaty tough guy role for macy and julia's part, although small, was pretty intense.

July 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nurse: And pizza.

Jason: Actually Stiles/Pullman did Oleanna in L.A. and they're suppose to be pretty good. Seriously, you live out here and should try to see some live Mamet. The actors chew the stage. In a good way.

July 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

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