David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play Glengarry Glen Ross
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Great acting; very well-written play. Mamet's a genious. Although the production seems to lack the climactic punch that I think the play intends, it is otherwise rich with spot-on acting. The Roma character is especially powerfully conveyed.
Glengarry Glen Ross is a story about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen who push plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. The show reveals with brutal power the life of bitter men who wheel and deal for a piece of the action--where closing a sale can mean a brand-new Cadillac and losing a sale can mean losing it all. It's a chillingly funny indictment of a world in which you are what you sell.
By David Mamet
Directed by Jennifer Welch
Presented by Actors Theatre of San Francisco
About the Playwright
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and two-time Oscar nominee, director, essayist, novelist and poet David Mamet has been a force in American theater since 1976, when his first staged plays immediately won Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.The writer first won recognition with his plays Sexual Perversity in Chicago and American Buffalo (later filmed with Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz). When both plays opened in New York in 1976, Mamet won the Obie Award for distinguished play writing and American Buffalo was voted Best Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle. In 1978, he received the Outer Critics Circle Award for his contribution to American theater.
In 1984, Mamet won another Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross. The play also received four Tony Awards and was made into a major motion picture in 1992. His other plays include Edmond and The Cryptogram, both Obie Award winners, as well as The Water Engine, A Life in the Theatre, Lakeboat, Speed the Plow, The Old Neighborhood and Boston Marriage. In related work, he has adapted four works by Chekhov: Vint, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya.
Mamet has written children's plays and books, seven volumes of essays and three novels, numerous magazine articles, and collaborated on many songs with his wife, songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon. He also acted in the TV adaptation of his play, The Water Engine, and played a gambler in Bob Rafelson's movie "Black Widow." He taught acting at his alma mater, Goddard College, as well as at the University of Chicago, Yale School of Drama and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where, with William H. Macy, he established a repertory company in 1988, the Atlantic Theater Company. He recently directed Harold Pinter, Rebecca Pidgeon and John Gielgud in "Catastrophe," an installment of The Beckett Project, wherein 19 Beckett plays were produced as a collective for British television.