David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow is infinitely more than a brutal satire on Hollywood. It is a study of male panic and the denial of redemptive grace. Michael Billington - Guardian Sitting through a David Mamet play is like being caught in a sudden shower of verbal broken glass. The dialogue is so sharp that it slices the senses and there is an iciness to the darkness of the humour ... his sheer skill with language makes for commanding power. Daily Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Mamet is a world-leading author, playwright and screenwriter, whose many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph Jefferson Award, Obie Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Tony Award. Many of his plays are considered modern classics and include Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, Edmond, The Cryptogram and Speed the Plow. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Mamet's play is a three-person ode to cynicism. Plot, dialogue, and characters generate his trademark style of fingernail-on-the-blackboard discomfort punctuated by verbal cleverness and humor. Jeff Goldblum's mannered vagueness works for the character of a neurotic producer, though it's hard to perceive him as a wielder of power. Dina Waters's voice, little-girlish and brittle, as if she were always on the verge of tears, doesn't so much fit her part as interpret it. Adam Arkin steals the show with a character whose coarse and passionately declared ambition is at least understandable. One minor note is the program's lack of tracking. W.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.