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Mr Happiness

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

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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....

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...

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...

American Buffalo

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

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...

A Life in the Theatre

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1996

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 1, Scenes: 26, Roles: Total (2), Female (0), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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... of professional solidarity to one marked by bitterness and division, with John's promise as a young actor beginning to be realised just as Robert's talent starts to wane. ‘As so often in Mamet, a sense of desolation lies...

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...

Edmond

Written by

David Mamet

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mamet

Methuen Drama, 1996

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 1, Scenes: 23, Roles: Total (29), Female (8), Male (21), Unassigned (0)

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...A fortune-teller’s teasing rumination sends Edmond lurching into New York City’s hellish underworld, his whole life abandoned in a searing quest for self-discovery and redemption. From brothels to jail cells, card-sharps to chaplains...

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...

Mojo, Birthday Girl: What will Happen?

David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. His writing includes Howard Barker: Politics and Desire (1989, 2009), Howard Barker: Ecstasy and Death (2009), English Drama Since 1940 (2003), David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience (1997); as co-editor, Theatre of Catastrophe (with Karoline Gritzner, 2006) and Howard Barker's Art of Theatre (with Sarah Goldingay, 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

Books

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... that the ‘overall effect’ was of ‘an English David Mamet rewriting Guys and Dolls in real blood and guts’, Morley, S., The Spectator 27 July 1995; collected in Theatre Record vol. XV, no. 15 (1995) ibid., p. 957....