Mamet for Two: Broadway to Get Glengarry and Buffalo

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Call it the unofficial David Mamet festival. In addition to the already announced stagings of Glengarry Glen Ross and the new play Romance, 2004-05 will also see a new production of American Buffalo, the New York Times reported.

David Mamet
David Mamet

Add to this the Araca Group's longstanding plans to bring Speed-the-Plow back to town and Times Square might well be renamed the Mametian Sea.

Robert Cole will produce Buffalo, Mamet's story of three seedy lowlifes trying to pull off a rare-coin heist, with Tony-winner Laurence Fishburne in the key role of small time thief, Teach. The play, Mamet's breakout success, was produced very recently at the Altantic Theatre Company with William H. Macy as Teach. The new staging will begin in March. Daniel Sullivan is director.

The Atlantic will present the new play Romance as part of its new season, as previously reported. As for Glengarry Glen Ross, a new Broadway revival of which has been promised for years, the show is due on Broadway in spring with Joe Mantello directing. Casting has not been announced, but speculation has centered on Alan Alda as the star.

Strangely enough, Cole was initially to have produced and Sullivan to have directed Glengarry on Broadway, but both backed out when Cole lost his announced stars, Danny DeVito and Ben Stiller. Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel back the new venture.

The original Broadway production played less than a year at the Golden Theatre, March 1984 to February 1985, but was embraced by critics. Mamet won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the script, about the lengths men will hustle for success in a Chicago real estate office. Gregory Mosher directed a cast that included Joe Mantegna (who snagged the Tony Award that year for Best Featured Actor), Mike Nussbaum, Robert Prosky, Lane Smith, James Tolkan, Jack Wallace and J. T. Walsh. The play was seen in London before New York.

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