What do you think about Glengarry Glen Ross?

We think David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross is a stunning contemporary American masterpiece and we’re excited to have it as part of our 2008-2009 season. It’s a wonderful ensemble for actors – really, for theatre artists it’s a dream to work on.

What do you think? Have you seen it yet? Have you seen or read other David Mamet plays?

John Leonard Thompson and William Mapother

John Leonard Thompson and William Mapother


4 Responses

  1. We are subscribers and we saw “Glengarry Glen Ross” the first Friday night. We were prepared for the bad language but it was much worse than we anticipated and was offensive. Worse still was that there was not one admirable character in the play. It was all greed and hate It may have been “a triumph”. but it was very unpleasant. I really don’t see the point of a play like this, except perhaps to point out how mean and greedy people are. I think you could find better plays to present.

  2. Janet,
    We’re sorry that you found the language offensive. It was certainly written in a character specific way, as you intuited.

    Many theatre folks who have analyzed the work of David Mamet note that he worked in real estate and other sales jobs for many years and was disgusted by the greed and deception at the particular firms where he worked. Those analysts say that “Glengarry Glen Ross” was his response to the business driven culture of the 1980s – essentially a way of revealing the dirty underbelly.

    In that sense, we don’t believe Mamet meant his characters to be admirable at all. Playwrights like to explore all kinds of issues, characters and topics, not all of them admirable. And many times, that is their point in writing about those topics – to point out how horrible certain situations are.

    Hope that helps provide some perspective, but nevertheless, we’re sorry you didn’t enjoy the show!

  3. I like to come to Actor’s Theatre to be entertained, relax and learn new things. Being in the business world, in court frequently and frequently in contentious situations, this felt like being at work on a bad day. This isn’t to say that the actors didn’t do a good job. They did although there was a lot of profanity. After awhile the profanity lost it’s punch secondary to just having heard it so much.

    Was sad, showed the deceit in our business world, the desperate strait of an older adult and how they all interact. Left me with an unsettled feeling.

  4. Linda,
    We’re sorry that you did not enjoy the play. David Mamet’s characters and the worlds he creates are often unsettling – we’re sorry that you felt surprised by that when you intended to have an entertaining, relaxing evening.
    We hope you’ll find other plays at Actors more to your liking.

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