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American Buffalo

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Roles: Total (3), Female (0), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Donny runs a junkshop with the help of his young, enthusiastic new employee, Bobby. When a customer comes in on the hunt for an antique coin, Donny sees a business opportunity. Between them, Donny and Bobby plot to rob their wealthy...

Mr Happiness

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 1, Roles: Total (1), Female (0), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...A short monologue about a radio agony uncle reading out his listeners’ letters and responding to their troubles of the heart, Mr Happiness first appeared at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway in 1978...

Duck Variations

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

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Scenes: 14

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... A wry, pseudo-existentialist discussion of what we do and why we do it, in fourteen ‘variations’, Mamet’s short duologue was first presented in the U.S.A. by the St. Nicholas Theatre Company at Goddard College, Vermont, in 1972, and had its British premiere at the Regent Theatre, London, in 1977....

Speed-the-Plow

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1996

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (1), Female (1), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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... a gagbook full of jokes. A harvest of riches. Mamet here is so damned entertaining – I laughed and laughed.’ while Newsweek called it ‘a brilliant black comedy, a dazzling dissection of Hollywood cupidity and another tone poem from our foremost...

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Dan’s friend and colleague Bernie claims to have had a plethora of unusual sexual encounters, ranging from war-themed coitus to animal intercourse. When Dan meets, dates and moves in with the more down-to-earth Deborah, Bernie reckons it’s...

Lakeboat

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1996

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 1, Scenes: 28, Roles: Total (8), Female (0), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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... into a world of swearing, drinking, bordeom and sailing; a world, above all, of men. Described by the New York times as 'Mamet's Life on the Mississippi [a memoir by Mark Twain] . . . the writing is effortless...

The Water Engine: An American Fable

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (8), Female (2), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...It is 1934, and Charles Lang has invented an engine that runs solely on water. Attorneys Morton Gross and Lawrence Oberman see an opportunity to make themselves rich off the back of Lang’s ingenuity, blackmailing him into handing over...

David Mamet’s Oleanna

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2009

Short Guides and Biography

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...David Mamet is widely considered to be the voice of contemporary American Theatre. His use of what is taken to be realistic language together with minimalist staging creates a postmodern combination that pushes an audience in conflicting...

Oleanna

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 3, Roles: Total (2), Female (1), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Considered to be Mamet’s most controversial play, Oleanna has shocked and enraged audiences since its first performance in 1992. A confrontation between John, a college professor, and Carol, one of his students, quickly becomes an arena...

The Shawl

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1996

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 4, Roles: Total (3), Female (1), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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... that the conman depends on the psychological need of the victim to be gulled; and it makes good use of Mamet's trademark technique of creating a musical rhythm out of the ellipses of everyday speech . . . It's a wonderful play that acts...