Though the New York Times has reported that a Broadway run of David Mamet's Boston Marriage may be in development, there was no official comment available from producers. But one staffer at producer Stuart Thompson's office said she was surprised by the Jan. 7 Times column which announced that planning for the production was "inching forward."
North of New York, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Boston Marriage premiered last June at the American Repertory Theatre (ART), playwright David Mamet's office was upbeat, but also had no comment, opting to refer press calls to the producers.
A Broadway production of Mamet's Boston Marriage would be doubly newsworthy given the dearth of drama on New York stages and the nature of the play itself, which is said to represent a new direction for the author.
As reported earlier, the world premiere of Mamet's Boston Marriage (which the playwright directed) began previews at Cambridge's ART 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, but artistic director Neil Pepe said the schedule featured Mamet revivals including The Water Engine and American Buffalo.
A turn of the century setting in 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, Oleanna, American Buffalo, Speed the-Plow The Water Engine, The Woods and Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
-- By Murdoch McBride