Mamet strikes again! An evening of short pieces at Playreaders

By Henry Vermillion

Overheard conversations can be fascinating. “I have never met a beach bum who is interesting. Their life is devoted to rest.” “Nothing wrong with rest.” “No. And there is nothing wrong with French pate. I do not like it.” Or–“Talk about a dog! Talk about a precious animal! A furry nothing, but ballsy as a paratrooper! Goes after dogs three or four times his size!” These quotes are from several short sketches and monologues by David Mamet which will be presented Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18 at St Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo. Doors open at 7pm, but seating is limited, and playgoers are advised to arrive early to insure seating.

Mamet has “a miraculous ear for the heightened music of American dialect…he makes poetry out of common usage”, wrote critic Clive Barnes. Whether the characters are New Yorkers, Vermonters or Midwesterners, his ear is unerring. He is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “Glengarry Glen Ross” and has had many Tony nominations for his plays. He has written and directed several successful films and is universally considered one of our greatest living playwrights. These short pieces were done in between longer efforts, as exercises in form, rhythm and sound “and in truth as emotional meal tickets which would allow me to get through a day not consecrated to some major (longer) project and still think of myself as a writer,” said Mamet. He adds “Some of these three and ten minute plays are the best writing I have ever done…”

So–if you enjoy an occasional eavesdrop, and if you like an evening of off-beat, fascinating talk, you will enjoy these informal moments with David Mamet. Among the players are Jim Newell, Bill Pearlman, Lola Smith, Tom Frazee, B.C. May, Steve Weisberg and Tony Ronci. Nate Fultz does light and sound and Henry Vermillion directs.

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