In a Fearful Free Fall

TITLE: A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

TIME: OCT. 13, 14, 17, 19, TNT CABLE

THE BOTTOM LINE: A play about a declining old actor and an ascending young one is superbly rethought for the small screen.

David Mamet and Jack Lemmon don't seem the likeliest combination: Mamet writes about the hard shell of life, Lemmon enacts the soft underbelly. Mamet, 45, celebrates ferocious winners, while Lemmon, 68, sentimentalizes good-guy losers. Yet twice within the past year, the two have teamed for poignant results, first in the 1992 film adaptation of Mamet's Pulitzer Prize play, Glengarry Glen Ross, and now in a...

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