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Race [Kindle Edition]

David Mamet
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Book Description

"Gripping. . . . Deep in its gut, Mamet's new play argues, everything in America—and this play throws in sex, rape, the law, employment and relationships—is still about race."—Chicago Tribune

"A dramatist celebrated for introducing expletives to the American theatre now tackles a truly taboo four-letter word. . . . Most concerned with the power and treachery of language, Mamet remains American theatre's most urgent five-letter word."—Guardian

David Mamet, who took on the subject of sexual harassment with his 1992 drama Oleanna, has once again ignited controversy, hitting the hot-button issue of our so-called post-racial society. When a rich white man is accused of raping a younger African American woman, he looks to a multicultural law firm for his defense. But even as his lawyers—one of them white, another black—begin to strategize, they must confront their own biases and assumptions about race relations in America. Currently playing to acclaim on Broadway in a production directed by Mamet, audience members may be moved to self-scrutiny by his signature gritty yet finely tuned language.

David Mamet is a playwright, director, author, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross, which also received a Tony Award nomination, along with Speed-the-Plow. Other of his plays include American Buffalo, Oleanna, and The Cryptogram.

Product Details

  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1559363827
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (January 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K2WX52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly, Mamet's greatest work to date June 21, 2011
Quite possibly, Mamet's greatest work to date. It is at least the equal of Glengarry Glen Ross, Edmond, and American Buffalo, if not better.

Mamet walks the tightrope of race in America, questioning and arguing nearly every assumption and stereotype of the past 50 years on race relations. The plot involves an older white man, accused of raping an African American woman. The two lawyers considering taking the case - one black and one white, with a black woman as their new assistant. This four-person cast, with only three together at any one time, provides a fairly amazing multitude of conversations on the case in particular, and race in general. Nearly every aspect of the topic is brought up in some way, truly plumbing the angst, rage, and confusion of the subject matter in a very short period of time (only 64 pages).

While I would have liked to see the last scene go on a little longer, maybe another 15 or 20 pages, this work is shocking, thought-provoking, and utterly brilliant.
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Somehow Mamet seems to often capture the zeitgeist of what's happening in American society. The firestorm of political correctness and the Clarence Thomas hearings spawned his earlier play Oleanna and now, in the wake of the Treyvon Martin shooting, reading Race becomes an incendiary experience. What appears to be a comic portrayal of lawyers scheming to get an apparently guilty man off a heinous charge of raping a black woman becomes a swirling cauldron of a barely suppressed race war played out in Mamet's typically profane and witty language. The male lawyers apparently in charge of the case discover that they had no idea what was really at stake when they took it on until the very last line of the play. Thought-provoking and a fast, memorable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Play August 2, 2011
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Ordered this book for a Class, saw the cover, read the first few pages, took a little time to pick up, but once picked up WOW! Something I would like to see done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good play, poor product. January 31, 2014
By tgw
So I just read this in order to decide whether to audition for it. As fellow 3-star commenters have said, the punctuation is quite jarring. I cannot tell if this was transcribed without the slightest attention to this, or if the playwright intends for you to pause four times in a single sentence, which could definitely serve to pad the length. I read this in about 75 minutes which comes in at the bare minimum for putting on a play. If one were to take all of the pauses as written, I could easily see this stretching out to 85 minutes plus.

Now for the praises; As I said above, I raced through this (no pun intended) in about 75 minutes. This is a testament to how good it was. I appreciate the fact that there is no murkiness about the ending (a mark against the play DOUBT) for that.

That said, I did feel it ended abruptly. like I say, it feels short, and by the time it finally hits its stride, it comes crashing to an end.

plot wise, well others have gone on the far more than I will. set in a lawyers office, racially charged dialogue about a potential client.

like I say, I think it is a four star play in a three star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great play by a masterful playwright. March 25, 2015
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An engrossing experience reading this play. The tension and intrigue engages from the first page. Mamet's play takes the race theme to another level with its twists and debates and leaves the reader with much to contemplate about the nature of relationship, the function of the legal system, gender, truth, attitudes, values and much more. It is also a masterful dramatic work with a wonderful rhythm and tension throughout. A joy to read that was also insightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK December 15, 2013
By C.E.E.R
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while the play may be short, it does include all the high tension and dramatic qualities of a great play
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5.0 out of 5 stars starts okay and ends brilliantly October 3, 2013
By Troy
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I've heard about this play for so long, and now after reading it, I want more. Mamet brings up so many things that we in our society think, feel and do. And just when you're about to judge a character, you find something else. Bravo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. August 6, 2014
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Not Mamet's best, but still great. For such a thick, important subject matter, it flows really well. Easy to read with his trademark bite and humor. I'd love to have seen it onstage...
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