Off-Broadway Comedy Assistance at Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre
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In one of the latest works by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Mamet (American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross), two attorneys are charged with defending a white man accused of raping an African-American woman. In the face of unraveling evidence, the lawyers' own uncomfortable beliefs about race rise to the surface. Director John Dillon tackles Mamet's rat-a-tat language and sharp jabs in this confrontational comedy that skewers modern-day "polite" society. Race premiered on Broadway in 2009 starring James Spader and David Alan Grier. Learn More
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Featured review from Jonathon Huber
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The excellent cast has perfect timing and delivery of a script loaded with rapid-fire repartee and lightening-fast one-up-manship. The problem here resides with the script which, despite it's clever sarcasm and engaging quips, never really moves toward any meaningful or substantive destination. The state of degradation and stagnation the cast finds themselves in as minions for a Trump-like financial mogul is made clear from early in the show. However, not much more than that is revealed by the time it all ends 90 minutes later. The one spark of hope, provided by the leads' romantic kiss in the shadows during the final scene, offers little satisfaction to a viewer hoping for some epiphanic payoff after such a long stretch of humorous yet cynical-to-the-core dialogue. That said, the play has some brilliantly written and staged moments of flippant self-debasement, such as the English assistants' drunken take on what role she plays for her boss, devolving into an alcohol-fueled rendition of a Fred Astaire dance.
By Leslye Headland
For these young assistants, life is an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their hellacious boss, a powerful uber-magnate. In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick and Nora and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success — or just more work. Leslye Headland’s Assistance is a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we’re willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit.