Theater: Trickle

THE WATER ENGINE by David Mamet

One juvenile mythette seems to have a hold over the American imagination: the story of an idealistic man of science who invents a fabulously elemental machine only to have it stolen by evil megacapitalist interests. That is the propelling notion of The Water Engine and, as drama, the play is a trickle.

The think pump of Engine is Charles Lang (Dwight Schultz), who has devised a method for producing energy by splitting the hydrogen and oxygen atoms in water. That amorphous villain, Big Biz, sends two oily agents (David Sabin and Bill Moor) to intimidate Lang...

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