David Mamet's Race Makes its West Coast Debut at A.C.T.
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When the mysterious and sultry Vanda walks into playwright Thomas Novachek's office, he thinks the search for the perfect lead in his latest production might finally be over. But her audition quickly turns into a seductive and erotic power play that'll make you wonder who's really running the show. Among the most acclaimed -- and most provocative -- new plays in recent Broadway history, David Ives' Venus in Fur blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, and love and sex. Learn More
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Featured review from P.H.T.
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Mamet's plays always have twists that provoke thought, this one was no exception. I did find a lack of nuance and a huge dose of cynicism that painted a broad brush related to the race issue. I also thought that his premise that our society is so "politically correct" that in matters of justice the deck is stacked in favor of people of color. I see nothing in our country that supports that. I do see that money and power do tip the judicial scales. Mamet's conversion to the right appears to have clouded the issue for him.
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FANTASTIC SHOW! This one could easily be a "must-see" for anyone who lives great suspenseful entertainment...but leave the kids at home since there is a bit of profanity. This is one of David Mamet's best pieces in a long, long time.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Gripping, stimulating, and perversely enjoyable! Mamet's toughest, tautest and most compelling dialogue in years. The action unfolds with the cagey tension of a poker game or a fierce cross-examination." --<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>
- "A high-stakes game of cat and mouse.<em> Race</em> captures the culture of gusto, greed, and ambition that greases the wheels of the legal system."<em> --<em>San Jose Mercury News</em></em>
- <em>"Deliciously unsettling ... keeps you guessing to the end." --<em>BeyondChron</em></em>
- Learn more about the play in this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.act-sf.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6109&news_iv_ctrl=-1">article</a> from A.C.T.
Fresh from a triumphant run on Broadway, David Mamet's sly and searing legal comedy makes its West Coast debut at A.C.T. With his trademark verbal pyrotechnics, Mamet unleashes a thrilling power struggle as three attorneys scramble to represent a wealthy white man accused of assaulting a black woman. As alliances shift and battle lines are drawn, Race boldly confronts the most incendiary issues of our time, challenging our perceptions of justice: What is the truth, and who has the right to tell it?