The Woods feels decidedly old-fashioned in style and structure, using its characters as ciphers for David Mamet’s abstract conclusions about relationships between men and women.
‘An awful sort of treat’: OLEANNA – Arts Theatre ★★★★
This is a grand intellectual teaser of a show, and under Lucy Bailey’s almost mischievous direction does a good job of shaking up fashionable preconceptions about David Mamet’s 1992 play Oleanna.
‘Fine attention to emotional detail’: OLEANNA – Arts Theatre
The great thing about Lucy Bailey’s 80-minute production of Oleanna is its sense of balance. And I have to say that it changed my mind about the power balance in the drama.
NEWS: West End transfer & tour announced for Oleanna
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions’ critically acclaimed production of David Mamet’s drama Oleanna, directed by Lucy Bailey, will tour the UK this summer from 8 June 2021, visiting Cambridge Arts Theatre (8 June-12 June), Theatre Royal Bath (14 June-3 July), MAST Mayflower Studio Southampton (5 July-10 July) and Malvern Theatres (12 July-17 July), before transferring to the West End’s Arts Theatre from 21 July to 23 October.
Giving our regards to Broadway 12 months after shutdown
Tonight is the first anniversary of the last performances that were given on a Broadway stage; a year ago tomorrow, Six was due to open on Broadway, but that afternoon the governor of New York State, the currently beleaguered Andrew Cuomo, announced that public gatherings of more than 500 people would be immediately suspended.
NEWS: Theatre Royal Bath will reopen in autumn 2020 with classic plays by Pinter, Frayn & Mamet
Theatre Royal Bath will reopen its main house in autumn 2020 with the Welcome Back Season of plays, beginning with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal directed by Jonathan Church from 14 October to 31 October, followed by Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, directed by Polly Findlay from 4 November to 21 November, and lastly David Mamet’s drama Oleanna directed by Nicole Charles which will run from 25 November to 12 December.
‘Holds a withering mirror to Hollywood’s vile & vacuous culture’: BITTER WHEAT – West End ★★★★
There may be a whiff of sensationalised cliché to this world premiere of Bitter Wheat, but no matter. Mamet’s subject is timely and relevant and Malkovich’s performance is electrifying.
‘A classic of lazy playwriting’: BITTER WHEAT – West End
Bitter Wheat, the most controversial play of the year, is almost certainly also going to be the worst.
‘You can’t help feeling Mamet’s real joy is in the gags’: BITTER WHEAT – West End ★★★
It could be said that Bitter Wheat lifts the lid on the exploitation of power in the film industry, but it eaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Perhaps that was also part of David Mamet’s intention.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for David Mamet’s latest play Bitter Wheat starring John Malkovich.
‘Has nothing to say & misses the point’: BITTER WHEAT – West End
Bitter Wheat is not only frustratingly irresponsible in its treatment of the events that led to the #MeToo movement, it is also a poorly constructed drama.
‘David Mamet’s razor-sharp dialogue is never better’: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Touring ★★★
Mark Benton gives a compelling turn as a desperate salesman on the edge in Sam Yates’ revival of David Mamet’s riveting, prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross, now touring.
‘A thought provoking and intense piece of theatre’: What’s being said about Sunrise for the Blind on Twitter?
“Fantastic”, “excellent”, “wicked” – all words that have been used by audiences who have seen Sunrise for the Blind at the Tristan Bates Theatre and have leaped onto social media to share their thoughts about the production. Take a look at the buzz building around the show, then book your tickets for the final few days of the play’s London run.
‘The ignorance & lack of empathy towards the working class is unacceptable’: Lee Lomas tells us about bringing working class story Sunrise for the Blind to London
Lee Lomas comes from the growing breed of performers who is not content to wait for auditions to come around. He’s taken it on himself to step up and create the work he wants to star in and see more of. His latest production, Sunrise for the Blind, comes to Tristan Bates Theatre later this month. Read what he has to say about the show and working class representation on stage in our interview
NEWS: Following acclaim in Manchester, Lee Lomas’ Sunrise for the Blind comes to London’s Tristan Bates Theatre
Described by audiences as “unapologetically honest” and “Shane Meadows-esque” Lee Lomas’ new play, Sunrise for the Blind returns to London at the Tristan Bates Theatre this month. The working-class drama, staged by 1956 Entertainment, plays a limited season from 11-16 February 2019, so get your tickets fast!
Bitter Wheat: An inappropriate play at an appropriate time?
I will give Bitter Wheat the benefit of doubt, maybe Mamet will write a sensitive portrayal from the women’s point of view but based on his previous work I am sceptical.
NEWS: John Malkovich makes his first West End appearance for 30 years in world premiere of David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat
The multi award-winning actor John Malkovich returns to the West End stage after nearly 30 years to play Barney Fein, a top dog Hollywood producer in Bitter Wheat, a new play by the legendary author, director and playwright David Mamet.
‘Feels like an instant classic’: EAR FOR EYE – Royal Court Theatre
Covering both contemporary experience and historical background, debbie tucker green’s Ear for Eye at the Royal Court feels like an instant classic. But it’s not an easy watch.
NEWS: Mark Benton & Nigel Harman will star in UK tour of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross
Mark Benton and Nigel Harman will star in Sam Yates’ hit West End production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross which will embark on a nationwide tour from 14 February 2019, opening at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – West End ★★★
David Mamet’s obscenity-strewn script won a Pulitzer Prize in its day and it is easy to see why. Amidst the coarse language, this tale of desperate real estate agents is a testosterone-filled blast from the past.
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