“Everybody’s a dreamer/Everybody’s a star/And everybody’s in show biz/It doesn’t matter who you are.”
The Kinks : Celluloid Heroes
David Mamet sets his play – the obscurely titled “SPEED-THE-PLOW” in Los Angeles in the late 1980s.
The Kinks lyrics are a truism that most certainly applies in Los Angeles. Everybody in LA is part of Tinsel Town, no matter whether they fit into the glam and glitz or are Hollywood misfits.
There are just three characters in this play, Bobby Gould (Damon Herriman), head of production at a Hollywood movie studio, his colleague and subordinate Charlie Fox (Lachy Hulme), and Bobby’s new temporary secretary Karen (Rose Byrne).
The play has three succinct scenes. The first scene takes place in Gould’s austere office and involves all three characters. As the action unfolded, Karen’s character was subtlety exposed. The feeling was that she was going to be the protagonist- she was going to drive the action, and this is how it played out. Continue reading SPEED-THE-PLOW @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE