From the Publisher
"[Mamet] brings his usual passion and provocation to his treatise on what makes good drama." Vanity Fair
"No modern playwright has been bolder or more brilliant." The New Yorker
"Pinter, Albee, Miller. They're all looking over Mamet's shoulder." New York
"David Mamet adds yet another segment to a body of work that puts him among the great writers of this, or any other, time." Joe Mantegna
One of America's leading living playwrights has crafted three short essays beginning with the premise that it is "our nature to dramatize." The belief in the centrality of drama to our daily lives and the centrality of our daily lives to good drama is the recurrent theme of his ruminations here. While he disdains the current vogue for "problem plays," he avoids attacking any of his contemporaries or their works. And without offering a how-to guide for aspiring playwrights, he provides some interesting thoughts on the inevitable difficulty in creating a convincing second act. Known and respected for his ability to create hyperrealistic dialog, Mamet ultimately reveals the theoretical justification for the sort of drama he writes so well. The text reads a bit like a lecture and never quite convinces the reader that this is a fundamental redefinition of drama. Still, it will be compelling to students of theater and serves as a good companion to Mamet's advice to actors, True and False (LJ 10/1/97). Recommended for academic and large public libraries.Douglas McClemont, New York
The New Yorker
No modern playwright has been bolder or more brilliant.
Pinter, Albee, Miller. They're all looking over Mamet's shoulder.
[Mamet] brings his usual passion and provacation to his treatise on what makes good drama.