Amid reports that actress Sharon Stone continues to be considered for a New York production of David Mamet's Boston Marriage, producer Stuart Thompson's office told Playbill On-Line on Jan. 27 that, "There is nothing to report at this time; and no press agent has been assigned to the show, at this time."
As reported earlier, the world premiere of Mamet's Boston Marriage (which the playwright directed) began previews at Cambridge's American Repertory Theatre June 4 and ran through June 27. Even then, there was no definitive word as to whether the play would come to New York. New York's Atlantic Theatre, which Mamet co-founded, was already devoting the 1999-2000 season to the playwright, and artistic director Neil Pepe said the schedule featured other Mamet works, including revivals of The Water Engine and American Buffalo.
Marriage features two women revealing the secrets of their relationship, which is a marked change for the playwright, whose early reputation was based on gritty plays, often depicting male protagonists. Mamet's most recent works -- like The Cryptogram and The Old Neighborhood -- are more nostalgic, with Mamet finding artistic solace in re-visiting his youth.
The Boston cast of Marriage included Mamet regulars Rebecca Pidgeon (who's also Mamet's spouse), Felicity Huffman (The Cryptogram, Dangerous Corner, Boy's Life) and Mary McCann (The Old Neighborhood, Edmond, Dangerous Corner).
Mamet has premiered two other shows at ART, The Old Neighborhood and The Cryptogram. His other plays include his Pulitzer Prize winning Glengarry Glen Ross (which will be revived in Feb. at the McCarter in a production starring Charles Durning). Oleanna, American Buffalo, Speed the-Plow The Water Engine, The Woods and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. -- By Murdoch McBride