Theater: Pitchmen Caught in the Act

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS by David Mamet

"Listen to me, like me, buy me"; the salesman's top-of-the-line product is always himself. This was one message in Death of a Salesman, which was more interested in romanticizing failure than in demonstrating whether Willy Loman was ever very good at his trade. David Mamet is no romantic. In his monstrously entertaining Glengarry Glen Ross, which opened on Broadway last week after earlier spins at the National Theater in London and the Goodman in Chicago, he shows his peddlers caught in the entrepreneurial act. One pitchman recounts...

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