China Doll by David MametPosted: May 7, 2017 Filed under: Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Al Pacino, Books, David Mamet, English, Theater Leave a comment
Now, man, what are the chances? After a long biography of Marc Rich which I had finished just yesterday, when I picked up China Doll, David Mamet's last play, to read it queitly in the park this Saturday morning, I had absolutely no clue that it was a book about a local governor using the vast power of US federal government to strike a crushing sledgehammer-strong and disproportionate blow against a retired billionaire/adversary of his over a tax saving scheme that turned sour.
Not David Mamet's best play, but I would interested to see it on stage, Al Pacino playing Mickey. The Premiere was in November 2015, it got a lot of poor press – but is it still on? I'll check it out.
Black Watch by Gregory BurkePosted: August 13, 2016 Filed under: Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Books, English, Gregory Burke, Theater Leave a comment
A short play about Scotland's royal infantry coming to Iraq in 2004 to support Uncle Sam's pet invasion of the House of Saddam.
A modern play, it would probably be perfect and quite entertaining if I attended a theater performance – off a kindle page, however, words, stories, scoffs and swearing from the retired Black Watch vets touched me a lot less.
Nonetheless, it has a good balance between “support our boys” and “what in the world are we fighting for”.
Well, we'll need to get fucking used tay it. Bullying's the fucking job. That's what you have a fucking army for.
The Anarchist by David MametPosted: December 28, 2014 Filed under: Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Books, David Mamet, English, Theater Leave a comment
Somehow, it's been a while since I last read a new Mamet's play. And it's always been a treat, with very few exceptions.
This time, the book caught me a bit off guard. Set up entirely as a dialogue between two women, one a prisoner, and the another, a warden of sorts, it was a bit difficult to plow through it at the beginning.
A third or so in, this Raskolnikov-like story caught up with me, and I did enjoy it. Not Oleanna, but still, quite nice. Sad no Mamet available in Moscow theaters – and I'm not sure he translates well.
David Mamet ShortsPosted: March 12, 2014 Filed under: Audiobook, Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Audiobook, Books, David Mamet, Theater Leave a comment
A nice collection of three Mamet's shorts by L.A. Theatre. Less profound than his typical long works for the stage and cinema, however these 2 hours were worth it.
I would say that Bobby Gould in Hell is extremely funny, like classic Mamet funny. I would love to see that on stage.
The Reunion was nothing too great – or maybe just not my kinda thing.
And The Shawl was, umm, unexpected. Enjoy!
P.S. I realized L.A. Theatre is available on Russian iTunes at 1/2 of audible price, huh. As much as I love having all on the same platform, greed rules.
The Real Thing by Tom StoppardPosted: February 24, 2014 Filed under: Audiobook, Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Audiobook, Books, English, Theater, Tom Stoppard Leave a comment
I mean, if Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at twenty-two, the history of music would have been very different. As would the history of aviation, of course.
The Proof by David AuburnPosted: January 27, 2014 Filed under: Audiobook, Theater / Drama | Tags: Audiobook, David Auburn, English, Theater Leave a comment
Enron by Lucy PrebblePosted: January 25, 2014 Filed under: Audiobook, Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Audiobook, Books, English, Enron, Lucy Prebble, Theater 1 Comment
The Cryptogram by David MametPosted: October 16, 2012 Filed under: Books, Theater / Drama | Tags: Books, David Mamet, English, Theater Leave a comment
Can't say I truly understood what this book was about. I didn't read it as child's coming of age or betrayal related to family breakup, as some reviews claimed.
It seems I am falling out of grace with Mamet – second play in a row that I don't like much. Frankly, Keep Your Pantheon one was funnier and easier to dig.
I reckon I should stop reading his drama and start hitting the theater more often – sad no Mamet available in Moscow though.
Or audio books. Downloaded Speed the Plow for Kindle – will see how it goes.
P.S. Am reading Bambi vs. Godzilla in parallel – also, not an easy read, though it's non-fiction – but it has it's moments, I guess.
Медведь. Пьеса Дмитрия БыковаPosted: October 1, 2011 Filed under: Theater / Drama | Tags: Books, Dmitry Bykov, Russian, Theater Leave a comment
Медведь Быкова – это он сам. Как всегда, показывает зубы, десны, глотку etc etc. Родина и все такое, без нее никуда. Не хочу рассказывать сюжет – пусть рассказывают другие – вот, например.
А в общем, нам дым отечества и сладок, и хронический ларингит. Отек. Шутка про сто двадцать – classy.
The Stronger by August StrindbergPosted: September 15, 2011 Filed under: Theater / Drama | Tags: Books, English, Strindberg, Theater Leave a comment
The Stronger is probably the shortest theater play I’ve ever read – a kind of short story one-act play. Autobiographical for Strindberg, as some historians claim. Not sure why the forgiving wife is stronger than the abandoned lover – well, maybe Strindberg’s wife was.
And, some universal wisdom from the great playwright: “I didn’t dare have you for an enemy, so I became your friend.”