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Inside Politics As Usual: David Mamet’s “November” Opens At The San Miguel Playhouse


By Henry Vermillion

After the opening of David Mamet’s comedy “November” in 2008, the New York Times reviewer wrote that the play resembled a Sid Caesar comedy revue of the ‘50s. Well, as great as those weekly shows were, “November” is a far more finished, rich and even funnier piece of theater. The Times also called it a Mamet play for people who don’t like Mamet (for his darker insights). In any case, it’s an evening of pure entertainment at the highest and most hilarious level.

“November” opened last night November 9 (to much laughter) at the San Miguel Playhouse at Calle Independencia 82. It runs through November 19, with shows at 7 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and on Sundays at 3pm.

The show presents us with Charles Smith, a potentially lame duck president (played by Jim Newell, in the role of his life) who is desperate to raise money to get him re-elected. Some lines from the play: Chief of Staff to President:” We can’t build the fence to keep out the illegal immigrants.” President: “Why not?” Chief of Staff: “You need them to build the fence.” And, President: “What is it about me that people don’t like?” Chief of Staff: “That you’re still here.” Yet, unprincipled as he is, you somehow wind up rooting for Smith.

The president’s savvy Chief of Staff is played by veteran actor Chuck Rubin. The president’s long-suffering but talented speech writer is Kate Rowland, who wants the President to marry her and her girlfriend on national TV. The representative of the National Association of Turkey and Turkey By-Products Manufacturers is Gregory Diamant, and Clan Mother Jennie Lonecloud Grackle of the Mic Mac Indian Nation is vividly personified by Maggie Bunce, who also directs.

David Mamet is widely considered America’s foremost living playwright. Among his best-known plays are “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Oleanna”, “American Buffalo”, and many well-known film scores.

Tickets for the show are 300 pesos and may be obtained in the patio at 57A Mesones (at the corner of Reloj) from 2:30–5:30pm every day except Sunday, or online at All seats are reserved. The Playhouse offers free secure parking and after-the-show concierge taxi service.



San Miguel Playhouse presents:


Sun, Nov 19, 3pm

Thu, Fri and Sat, 7pm

Sun, 3pm

San Miguel Playhouse, Calle Independencia 82

300 pesos


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