The (Jewish) Defendant in Mamet’s Romance is a chiropodist (no, a chiropractor!) who discovers and proclaims, at the end of Scene Two, in the middle of a vicious (and hilarious) bloodbath of religious bigotry with his (Catholic) Defense Attorney: “I KNOW HOW TO BRING PEACE TO THE MIDDLE EAST!” Continue reading Mamet’s Chiropractor→
Theater history tells us that world’s first playwright after the fall of Rome (500 years after, to be precise, at the end of the 10th Century) was a German nun, Hrosvitha, who penned six comedies in Latin, based on Terrence, with Christian themes.
Three hundred years later, as the Renaissance began, the next plays appear, first in Italy, in Latin, then Italian; then in France, Spain, the HRE; later still (16th Century) in England: Medwall, Heywood, Lily, Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Ford, Dryden (to name a few).
I will begin by confessing that for the past year I’ve been having coffee at Starbuck’s on East Bloulvard with David Watkins every Saturday to read and re-read, over and over, David Mamet’s 1972 tour-de-force, The Duck Variations—his second play (after Lakeboat).Initially, the goal was to stage it, but David couldn’t remember the lines. (He’s an octogenarian engineer who hasn’t been on stage since college). Ultimately we read it at Julia’s Cafe & Books for an audience of two: my wife and daughter. A passerby stopped and watched for a while . . . Continue reading Mysterious Mamet→