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Race
     

Race

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by David Mamet
 

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"Gripping. . . . Deep in its gut, Mamet's new play argues, everything in America—and this play throws in sex, rape, the law, employment and relationships—is still about race."—Chicago Tribune

"A dramatist celebrated for introducing expletives to the American theatre now tackles a truly taboo four-letter word. . . . Most concerned with the

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"Gripping. . . . Deep in its gut, Mamet's new play argues, everything in America—and this play throws in sex, rape, the law, employment and relationships—is still about race."—Chicago Tribune

"A dramatist celebrated for introducing expletives to the American theatre now tackles a truly taboo four-letter word. . . . Most concerned with the power and treachery of language, Mamet remains American theatre's most urgent five-letter word."—Guardian (UK)

David Mamet, who took on the subject of sexual harassment with his 1992 drama Oleanna, has once again ignited controversy, hitting the hot-button issue of our so-called post-racial society. When a rich white man is accused of raping a younger African American woman, he looks to a multicultural law firm for his defense. But even as his lawyers—one of them white, another black—begin to strategize, they must confront their own biases and assumptions about race relations in America. Currently playing to acclaim on Broadway in a production directed by Mamet, audience members may be moved to self-scrutiny by his signature gritty yet finely tuned language.

David Mamet is a playwright, director, author, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross, which also received a Tony Award nomination, along with Speed-the-Plow. Other of his plays include American Buffalo, Oleanna, and The Cryptogram.

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“To call David Mamet’s language scathing, snappy and whip-smart is true, but trite. So I won’t. I’ll instead refer to the playwright’s words as poetry: not the lyrical lines conjuring images of flowers, but the exceedingly clever brutality that delivers a verbal punch to the gut.” –Chicago Theater Beat

“Scalpel-edged intelligence! RACE is an examination of cultural conscience and paranoia, and a topical detective story.” –Ben Brantley, New York Times

“A high-voltage melodrama, iRACE is unafraid to raise painful questions while dispensing prickly ideas and provocative dialogue amid steady suspense. Mamet adroitly mixes comic darts with tragic arrows, and the play is full of wry jokes, epigrammatic jolts and acrid, cheeky provocations.” –John Simon, Bloomberg News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559363822
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
426,823
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Race 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PM_Bradshaw More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly, Mamet's greatest work to date. It is at least the equal of Glengarry Glen Ross, Edmond, and American Buffalo, if not better. Mamet walks the tightrope of race in America, questioning and arguing nearly every assumption and stereotype of the past 50 years on race relations. The plot involves an older white man, accused of raping an African American woman. The two lawyers considering taking the case - one black and one white, with a black woman as their new assistant. This four-person cast, with only three together at any one time, provides a fairly amazing multitude of conversations on the case in particular, and race in general. Nearly every aspect of the topic is brought up in some way, truly plumbing the angst, rage, and confusion of the subject matter in a very short period of time (only 64 pages). While I would have liked to see the last scene go on a little longer, maybe another 15 or 20 pages, this work is shocking, thought-provoking, and utterly brilliant.
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