Mamet Double Bill: Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Bobby Gould in Hell
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Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, Our Class is an epic play that's profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London's National Theatre. Ten Polish classmates -- five Catholic and five Jewish -- grow up over the course of the story. Their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that forever haunts the survivors. Based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Our Class is a groundbreaking play that courageously examines loyalty and treason, individual bravery and collective cowardice and the actions that ripped apart a small community during the Second World War. 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.
<p>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. </p>