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Comedy twin bill by David Mamet and Elaine May at Playreaders

By Henry Vermillion

Playreaders of San Miguel will present two short comedies Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, at their usual St Paul´s Church venue. The first, Interview, by Mamet, is especially for lawyers, their friends, and their victims. The second, by Elaine May, is for therapists, counselors and their supporters. It is called Crisis Center.

Interview by Mamet
Crisis Center by Elaine May
Wed and Thu, Jun 25 and 26, 7pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
20 pesos

Mamet is, of course, known for his hard-hitting realist works like Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, and many others. After all is said, his greatest gift is for contemporary language: profane, oh so human, and full of individual character. Interview is a wonderful set piece in which a pompous attorney is given the proverbial sufficient amount of rope, and talks himself into the proverbial result.

Elaine May became famous as half of the 1960’s and ’70’s urban comedy team Nichols and May. Mike Nichols went on to become one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and celebrated directors, and Elaine May has since written a series of keenly observed and bittersweet plays and sketches. Crisis Center is one of these. A New York woman calls a crisis center and her conversations (or better, monologues) with a novice counselor shreds protocol and everything else the counselor has been taught. It’s hilarious, brilliant and, finally, gripping.

The cast includes Jim Newell, Geri Baruch, Britt Zaist and Geoff Hargreaves, most of whom play multiple roles during the evening. Dic Simandl provides lights and sound, and Henry Vermillion directs. The doors open at 7pm, and seating is first come, first served by numbers given out before 7. Seats are limited. Admission is only 20 pesos.


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