Boston Marriage

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Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming "women of fashion" who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for an assignation. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna's hapless Scottish parlor maid, Claire's young inamorata suddenly appears, ...
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Overview

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming "women of fashion" who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for an assignation. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna's hapless Scottish parlor maid, Claire's young inamorata suddenly appears, setting off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women's futures at risk. To this wickedly funny comedy, Mamet brings his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting, spiced with Wildean wit.
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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
[Mamet's characters] are at each other's throats with a wit akin to characters out of Wilde and a vengeance not unlike those from Pinter, Edward Albee, or Mamet himself.
Boston Phoenix
Wickedly, wittily entertaining...What makes the play...such brilliant fun is its marriage of glinting period artifice and contemporary frankness.
NY Post
Brilliant...One of Mamet's most satisfying and accomplished plays and one of the funniest American comedies in years.
NY Times
Devastatingly funny...exceptionally clever...demonstrates anew [Mamet's] technical virtuosity and flexibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822219446
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mamet has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    Mamet strikes again

    This play is a clever banter, an exchange of witty diaalogue and expert vocabulary. The marvelous mind games and cunning conversations between the three characters are hilarious, often stunning. This play makes you yearn for a time when people used vocabulary well, and thought of conversation as an art. Admittedly, I've only seen the play (at the Guthrie in Minneapolis) and haven't read it...but it was the first time I've been so entertained in months (or years!) and the best play I've seen. Many critics have discussed problems with Mamet's characterizations of women, and in other Mamet material I've also had serious problems with this. His female characters are often insipid, powerless, argumentative, or somehow conform to the endless negative female stereotypes. In this play, I was pleasantly surprised...the women were intelligent, well- developed, sexually autonomous, and complex. Highly recommended.

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