A.R.T.'s Mamet Celebration Launches May 9 with Romance

News   A.R.T.'s Mamet Celebration Launches May 9 with Romance Cambridge, MA's American Repertory Theatre kicks off its Sex, Satire, Romance, and Ducks: A David Mamet Celebration May 9 with the first preview of the award-winning playwright's Romance.
Jim True-Frost
Jim True-Frost Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Scott Zigler directs Romance, which runs through June 7 at the Loeb Drama Center. The cast features Remo Airaldi as the Defendant, Thomas Derrah as the Prosecutor, Will LeBow as the Judge, Jim True-Frost as the Defense Attorney, Doug Chapman as the Doctor, Carl Foreman as Bernard and Jim Senti as the Bailiff.

"It's hay fever season," according to A.R.T., "and in the courthouse a judge is popping antihistamines like candy. As a Mideast Peace Conference convenes nearby, an elusive court case is persistently interrupted by domestic squabbles, ethnic slur slinging, and a hallucinating judge. Lawyers and judges, Jews and Christians, homosexuals and chiropractors — no one gets off easy in Mamet's madcap skewering of the American legal system. The esteemed, noble practice of law degenerates into sheer comic chaos as Mamet ponders the most fundamental human question: Why can't we all just get along?"

The production features set design by J. Michael Griggs, costume design by Miranda Hoffman, lighting design by D.M. Wood and sound design by David Remedios.

Loeb Drama Center is located at 64 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. For ticket information visit www.amrep.org or call (617) 547-8300.

* A double bill of two of Mamet's early comedies — Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Duck Variations — will play June 11-28 at the Zero Arrow Club. Paul Stacey will direct the former and Marcus Stern the latter.

Sexual Perversity "examines relationships between young men and women. Danny and Deborah meet on the North Side of Chicago. Bernard teaches Danny the secrets to wooing women as Joan warns Deborah about the dangers of men. When Danny and Deborah move in together, their friends panic. Will the young couple survive? Or will their friends regain control?" Produced by the A.R.T. Institute, the cast includes Tim Elliot, Susannah Hoffman, Scott Lyman and Rebecca Whitehurst.

Duck Variations concerns "George and Emil, two grey-haired friends sitting at a lakeshore bench watching ducks in the water. As they talk about nothing, they tell us just about everything about the value of friendship and the fear of being alone." A.R.T. Company actors Thomas Derrah and Will LeBow will star.

The A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training contributes to the festival with Seriously Funny, an evening of short comedies not just by Mamet, but also by his friends and frequent collaborators Harold Pinter and Shel Silverstein. Funny, directed by Jim Frangione, will play the Zero Arrow Club May 29-June 6.

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A founder of the Atlantic Theater Company, David Mamet's principal works include The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross (Pulitzer Prize), Boston Marriage, Edmond, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow and The Cryptogram (Obie Award). He adapted The Voysey Inheritance for the Atlantic and was also represented on Broadway with the political comedy November.

Mamet was represented on Broadway earlier this season with revivals of American Buffalo and the much-in-the-news Speed-the-Plow.

His new play Race is due on Broadway next season. Oleanna will play in Los Angeles in June. Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles star.

Thomas Derrah, Will LeBow and Jim True-Frost in rehearsal for <i>Romance</i>
Thomas Derrah, Will LeBow and Jim True-Frost in rehearsal for Romance Photo by K. Mitchell
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