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236 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
Formerly Plymouth Theater
Ended 31 Jan 2016 after 3 months
Strictly Limited Run
"Mamet loves writing this kind of savage dialogue and Pacino loves delivering it."
Al Pacino makes his long-awaited return to Broadway in a brand-new play especially written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. Last seen on Broadway in 2012-13 in Mamet's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, two-time Tony-winning Pacino will star in this two-hander with up and coming actor Christopher Denham ("Master Harold"...and the boys) as his assistant Carson.
One of America's foremost playwrights, Mamet has received various theatrical accolades for his 21 plays including Tony Awards and a Pulizter. The Pulitzer was garnered for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1985, where it ran for over a year; Pacino in fact starred in the 2012 revival of the play as the down-at-heel salesman Shelley Levene.
The distinctive cynical, street-smart edge dialogue in Mamet's plays are now known in theater circles as "Mamet Speak", and places emphasis on certain words to create the desired tension, something that Mamet attributes to British playwright Harold Pinter.
Pacino himself has shown delight at originating the role of Ross, and marks a strong working relationship between actor and playwright. Of the casting decision, Pacino said, "For me over the years the relationship and the collaboration with David Mamet has been one of the richest and most rewarding. We've done four projects together and the opportunity to create a new character in the David Mamet canon was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
A frequent collaborator with Mamet, Pacino will originate the role of a semi-retired multi-millionaire Mickey Ross, who has just bought an airplane for his much-younger fiancee. Just as he is about to leave the office one last time, his assistant patches through a call. What transpires next will test the mettle of any person about to embark on a life-changing event.
Pacino won his first Tony Award as a Featured Actor in 1969's Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, which incidentally was his first outing on the Broadway stage!
Previews from: 21 October 2015
Opening night: 4 December 2015
Closing night: 31 January 2016
Suitable for ages 12+
2 hours & 10 minutes with one intermission
images: Jeremy Daniel
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