" November" - A Lanslide Victory,
and Mamet Didn't Even Have to Go
to Iowa or New Hampshire!!!!
November, a landslide victory, and Mamet DIDn’T Even have to go Iowa OR NEW HAMPSHIRE!!!I
In the program for his upcoming Broadway show, November, David Mamet describes himself as “…better known as a cartoonist who is also the author of several plays and screen plays.” To the Thespis Bustard, he seems to be a 21st century Oscar Wilde with a penchant for politically funny ideas. A master of the one-liner and a sardonic social critic, Mamet inhabits the world of the political interest groups that he satirizes and appreciates the absurdity of American politics. Mamet has written his best work in years. Ably directed by Joe Mantello, with a cast led by the king of the one-liner zinger and the martyred look, Nathan Lane, November opens at the Barrymore, Theatre, 243 West 47th Street on January 17, 2008. A word to the wise: If the standing ovation at a preview on January 4, 2008 is any indication, your grandchildren will be fighting for tickets for this one.
The President (Lane) has a few problems: No one will support his re-election campaign; he stalled his wife’s questions on furniture decoration by allowing his attorney (Dylan Baker) to announce that Iran had launched nuclear weapons; he alienated his personal speech writer (Laurie Metcalf) - the head of a gay rights organization - by reneging on his promise to marry her and her partner on television; the head of the Turkey Bi-products Association (Ethan Phillips), who was offering two hundred million dollars in the support of the Presidential Library in exchange for a Presidential Pardon has withdrawn his offer; and the chief of a large Native American group (Mike Nichols) wants to reclaim one/half of Nantucket Island to create a reservation and gambling casino. In under two hours, this delightful farce manages to spear numerous current politicos and issues and politician still leave the audience with a positive (even uplifting) message for those who believe in the future of this rather war-torn and battered democracy.
If David Mamet wants to be better known as a cartoonist and is producing work like this, I’ll read the funnies again! November delights as it teases and should be required watching for any wanna be politician (if they still exist).
November, a new comedy by David Mamet; directed by Joe Mantello, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street, New York, NY. Opens January 17, 2008. Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or www.telecharge.com