The Theater: Curtain Call

A LIFE IN THE THEATER by David Mamet

David Mamet is the chameleon of young U.S. playwrights. Had he used diverse aliases, few playgoers could have guessed that plays as different in theme and texture as Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo and, now, A Life in the Theater had all been written by the same man.

The constant that knits them together is Mamet's ear, which is a precision instrument. He recognizes the shaping force of language—how it is used as a weapon or a shield depending on what a character wishes...

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