PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2012; "Smash," "Les Miz," Theatre Renovations, Rebecca and More

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23 Dec 2012

Patti LuPone in The Anarchist.
Photo by Joan Marcus

MAMET MISCHANCE: It wasn't playwright David Mamet's best fall ever. His new two-hander, The Anarchist, couldn't find a fan among the New York critics, even with a cast that included Debra Winger and Patti LuPone. (Read the Playbill Brief Encounter interview with LuPone, in which she talks about Mamet and the play.) Producer Jeffrey Richards announced a closing date two days after its opening. Richards' and Mamet's slam dunk down the street, the Al Pacino revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, fared better — how could it not with the box office clout of Big Al? — but not as much as one might expect. Broadwayites groused about the month-long-and-more preview period, which producers chalked up to the rehearsal time lost because of Hurricane Sandy (an excuse that raised some eyebrows). And reviews were tepid or only mildly positive. Mamet's response to it all was his usual: no comment. Richards' retort came on Dec. 19: Glengarry recouped its investment, and with one month of performances yet to go. As Al might say, "Booyah!"


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