Playreaders presents A Life in the Theatre
By Michael Gottlieb
Playreaders, a venerable San Miguel de Allende institution, continues its 2013 summer season with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. One of his earlier works, first staged in 1979, the play is an evocation of the relationship between two actors, an older and a younger man, seen in a sequence of dialogues, both onstage and backstage. Onstage they appear in various roles and plays; offstage they appear as themselves in subtly changing patterns of dominance and deference. Often the individual scenes are brief and enigmatic; cumulatively they form a dazzling kaleidoscopic essay on theatricality and its uses in personal politics.
A Life in the Theatre
Wed, Jun 26 & Thu, Jun 27, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Upon its premiere, Mel Gussow of The New York Times gushed, “Mamet is a playwright who loves the theatre – the mystery, the illusions and the code of behavior. Mr. Mamet’s language glistens. He is an eloquent master of two-part harmony, an abundantly gifted playwright; he brings new life to the theatre.” And the New York Daily News called the show “a comic masterpiece.”
While written more than 30 years ago, like many of Mamet’s works because of the universality of his themes and language, A Life in the Theatre could have been written yesterday. And obviously for a show about actors in the theater, one would want the best available. We’re happy to announce the participation of two of San Miguel de Allende’s favorites: Jim Newell and David Galitzky play Robert and John respectively, who engage in a complex yet understated dance of reverence, jealousy, legacy and tradition. It’s a play about love, passion and the honor to forge a life in the theatre.
This Playreaders production is directed by Michael Gottlieb. Don Nieglos handles lights and sound. The performance starts at 7:30pm or earlier if the house is full. The doors open at 7pm. Donation: 20 pesos.