Massachusetts' American Repertory Theatre scores a coup when it presents the world premiere of David Mamet's latest, Boston Marriage, June 9-27. The production began previews June 4.
Mamet himself directs Marriage, which is set at the turn of the century and features two women slowly revealing the secrets of their relationship. Marriage is a marked change from the playwright, whose early reputation was based on gritty plays depicting urbanites struggling against temptations in their everyday lives. Lately, the playwright has gone for more nostalgic pieces -- finding artistic solace in re-visiting his youth and the events that shaped him, with plays like The Cryptogram and The Old Neighborhood.
The cast includes 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).
A.R.T. has become a home away from home for the playwright who has premiered two other shows at the MA Theatre, The Old Neighborhood and The Cryptogram. Other plays include his Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow The Water Engine, The Woods and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Mamet's latest film "The Winslow Boy" recently opened to strong reviews.
Tickets for Boston Marriage run $30-$40, call (617) 547-8300. -- By Sean McGrath