In Three Uses of the Knife, additional recent essays on theater, Mamet
asserts an important conflation of beliefs: "The purpose of the theater, like magic, like religion--those three harness mates--is to inspire cleansing awe" (69).
The play, by David Mamet
, opens at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, in central London.
is the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright who moved into writing and eventually directing films.
The drama earned playwright Mamet
the Pulitzer Prize and Best Play Tony Award nomination that year and was later adapted by the scribe for the 1992 film.
But writer/director David Mamet
isn't interested in what initially appears to be a straightforward snatch.
long ago perfected the stiletto staccato literate criminals should use when firing insults at one another, and his screenplays are always layered with the intrigue and betrayal that makes the ground under a heist so deliciously unsteady.
This American TV and film actor is currently making his West End theatre debut in a David Mamet
And the path from stage to screen has already been walked by David Mamet
, who brought with him a signature style, and American Beauty's Sam Mendez.
Skewing a familiar speculative fiction premise (a distant future assembling history through the fragmentary records of a lost era), Mamet
targets with luscious savvy and deadpan irony the limitless pretense of academics, hungry for tenure, to suture history from such bits, to talk their way into reasonable order.
Demonstrating his trademark talent for turning obscenity into poetry, Mamet
sums himself up better than just about anyone.
As they plan the heist, Mamet
takes a perverse delight in keeping the audience on a strictly need to know basis and, refreshingly, violence is a last resort.
and Stone themselves drew on a tradition perhaps best represented in the post-war era by Arthur Miller's heavy-handed and dramatically incoherent Death of a Salesman (1949), which unmasks its title character as a "phony little fake" even as it seeks to elevate him to tragic stature.