“Though the work has serious undertones, it is, first of all, a comedyand Mr. Mamet’s language glistens. His writing is a cross between the elegant and the vernacular, an ironic combination that is uniquely his own. . . . He is an eloquent master of two-part harmony. An abundantly gifted playwright; he brings new life to the theater.” Mel Gussow, The New York Times
A Life in the Theatre
978-0-8021-5067-7 • $16.95 • Paperback • Mar. 1978
David Mamet is the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of such seminal plays of our time as Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Oleanna, and Speed-the-Plow. His A Life in the Theatre takes us into the lives of two actors: one young and rising into the first full flush of his success; the other older, anxious and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable, endlessly cyclical rhythm of the world.