Wednesday, March 18, 2009

POW! (Play Of The Week)

by David Mamet

A play that figures out the Middle Eastern conflict. What more could we ask for? How about a piece of dramatic literature that, once and for all, makes everyone happy while revitalizing the arts and the economy at once, solving allergies and answering the question of Shakespeare's sexuality?

Enter David Mamet's Romance, a hysterical courtroom farce. While the narcoleptic judge pops antihistamines, the prosecutor deals with his hysterical boyfriend “Bunny,” the gentile defense attorney and his Jewish client toss racial epithets at one another and the doctor gets strangled. Good times, really! Although you’ll never see the parade happening just outside the window, you'll find that their courtroom antics are much more entertaining.

Originally having its premiere run at the Atlantic in 2005, the American Repertory Theatre will be doing a production in May, directed by Mamet protege Scott Zigler.

So what is the idea that will save the Middle East and, by extension, the world? Sorry, the jury’s lips are sealed so you’ll have to pick up the play yourself.

Scenes/Monologues: Written for seven men, Romance has a few short but good monologues, but is really an ensemble piece that requires great choreography.

Recommended by: Adam