“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→
With Maxim Gorky’s 1905 play CHILDREN OF THE SUN we are in similar territory to another classic Russian play, Anton Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Both plays depict Russia’s old feudal world in its last, very oblivious throes.
The main difference between the plays is the approach the playwrights take to the inevitable ending. In CHILDREN OF THE SUN we get the full Sturm and Drang- to use a German phrase- as rioters invade Protassoff’s enclave. A master of subtlety Chekhov’s play ends with the sound of the chopping of wood in the distance as the family’s much loved country estate begins to be pulled down. Continue reading Children Of The Sun→
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