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THIS WEEK’S DRAMA BOOK SHOP PICK:

Romance by David Mamet

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

David Mamet's Romance is a hysterical courtroom farce. The judge is an anti-histamine-popping narcoleptic; the prosecutor must deal with his hysterical bunny; the gentile defense attorney and his Jewish client toss back racial epithets; the bailiff is a bigot; and the doctor gets strangled. Good times, really! Although you will miss the parade, you'll find that the 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 the world? Sorry, court is adjourned.

Scenes/Monologues: Written for seven men, Romance has a few short but good monologues, but it is really an ensemble piece that should be well choreographed to be done well.

Recommended by: Adam

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Description

Cast: 6 men: 6 total Setting: INTERIOR
“It made me weep with delight…ROMANCE is funny. Extremely funny.” —Wall Street Journal. “A wild ride…An outrageous, hectic comedy composed in the hyperliterate pro-fanity that made him a legend…For fans of Mamet at his most joyfully vicious, it’s everything you ever wanted.” —NY Magazine. “An exhilarating spectacle…[Mamet] is a connoisseur of fiasco.” —The New Yorker. “A fiesta of forbidden laughter…A giddy, glorious, bad-taste valentine…” —NY Newsday.
THE STORY: Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Mamet’s ROMANCE is an uproarious, take-no-prisoners courtroom comedy that gleefully lampoons everyone from lawyers and judges, to Arabs and Jews, to gays and chiropractors. It’s hay fever season, and in a courtroom a judge is popping antihistamines. He listens to the testimony of a Jewish chiropractor, who’s a liar, according to his anti-Semitic defense attorney. The prosecutor, a homosexual, is having a domestic squabble with his lover, who shows up in court in a leopard-print thong. And all the while, a Middle East peace conference is taking place. Masterfully wielding the argot of the courtroom, David Mamet creates a world in micro-cosm in which shameless fawning, petty prejudices and sheer caprice hold sway, and the noble apparatus of law and order degenerates into riotous profanity.


Product Details

Publisher : Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Published : 09/01/2007
Format : Paperback 
ISBN-10 : 0822221276
ISBN-13 : 9780822221272

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