Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Tag: David Mamet

The whole great cast of Romance (collage):  l-r Joe Pallister - The Doctor, Reg Rogers -The Defense Attorney, Joey Slotnick - The Defendant,  Matt McGrath - Bernard, Chris Bauer - The Prosecutor, Richard Kind - The Judge, Darrell Hammond - The Bailiff.  Photo:  Gary Marnay

Review | Romance by David Mamet | Directed by Lisa Peterson | Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, Long Island

… If you like to laugh, don’t miss this play …

Romance is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen.  It’s wicked, nasty, but totally non-stop hilarious … what dialogue, what observation … I’m still grinning in the aftermath of it.

Broadway Review | Oleanna by David Mamet | Directed by Doug Hughes | With Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles

  … he said, she said …

Oleanna is a parable of social revolution along the lines of Bonfire of the Vanities or Animal Farm.  It doesn’t have the internal consistency that’s made those a kind of starting point for thinking, but still, it resonates.

Review | American Buffalo by David Mamet | Cedric the Entertainer, John Leguizamo and Haley Josel Osment | Belasco Theatre

… Creative Transformation …

Van Gogh, in his painting The Night Cafe turns a down and outers’ bar into a church, recreating its denizens in the process.  In David Mamet’s American Buffalo, we come to see a low-life junk shop as a home and its loser occupants gain a big win — a family.

This play is in many ways the opposite of A Man for All Seasons, recently reviewed here on Let’s Talk Off Broadway.  Instead of men in high positions loftily debating issues of Universal Importance, it’s about three at the bottom of the ladder planning a heist with profanity peppered language.  These men have vast failings but genuine feelings they don’t themselves know until the hot circumstances and cause and effect of the failed heist bring them deeper understanding.

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