Mamet Double Bill: Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Bobby Gould in Hell
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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Kudos to this company for bringing us early Mamet and an era difficult to recreate for its attitudes and inter-personal relationships. Three of the actors were eerily on the mark seemingly natural, unforced and unactorly in their portrayals. The key protaganist was way over the top as a character who would be still deep in the closet, physically. This is someone still in denial about his emotional/sexual proclivities all of which are made obvious through dialogue and so the portrayal required greater subtlety. I truly don't know whether to fault the directing or the acting. All this being said, I did enjoy, albeit with a bit of pain, the recreation of a time that I actually lived through. Good try!
Bobby Gould was fun and amusing. I sort of prefer my "Devil" to be more in the "Bedazzled" or "Devil's Advocate" vein, but he is a devious devil when you get right down to it and this is just as valid an approach as any. Good fight choreography.
Mamet’s wickedly funny comedy of manners comes home to the Organic, where it had its world premiere in 1974. Sexual Perversity follows a quartet of twenty-somethings as they trawl through the city’s nightlife searching for a connection in a world obsessed with image and identity. Finding poetry in everyday speech, Mamet explores the war between men and women with wicked humor and gleeful vulgarity in a play the New York Times calls “a vicious satire of a world run amok with permissiveness.”
On this outrageous double-bill, Mamet’s rarely seen Bobby Gould in Hell follows the conniving movie-mogul from Speed the Plow as he (quite literally) confronts his demons. Plucked out of bed and, still in his pajamas, plunked down in the Waiting Room of the Hereafter, Bobby takes forced march through his morally bankrupt past that creates a hilariously odd bond between Bobby and his fishing-loving Interrogator.