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Romance [Kindle Edition]

David Mamet
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Book Description

Pulitzer Prize—winning playwright David Mamet’s Romance is an uproarious, take-no-prisoners courtroom comedy that gleefully lampoons everyone from lawyers and judges, to Arabs and Jews, to gays and chiropractors.
It’s hay fever season, and in a courtroom a judge is popping antihistamines. He listens to the testimony of a Jewish chiropractor, who’s a liar, according to his anti-Semitic defense attorney. The prosecutor, a homosexual, is having a domestic squabble with his lover, who shows up in court in a leopard-print thong. And all the while, a Middle East peace conference is taking place. Masterfully wielding the argot of the courtroom, David Mamet creates a world in microcosm in which shameless fawning, petty prejudices, and sheer caprice hold sway, and the noble apparatus of law and order degenerates into riotous profanity.

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Editorial Reviews


“It made me weep with delight. . . . Romance is funny. Extremely funny.”
–Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“A wild ride. . . . An outrageous, hectic comedy composed in the hyperliterate profanity that made him a legend. . . . For fans of Mamet at his most joyfully vicious, it’s everything you ever wanted.” –New York

“An exhilarating spectacle. . . . Inspired folderol. . . . Mamet . . . is a connoisseur of fiasco.” –The New Yorker

“A joy. . . . A fiesta of forbidden laughter. . . . A giddy, glorious, bad-taste valentine. . . . The most skillfully constructed farce since Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.” –Newsday

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About the Author

David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale School of Drama, and New York University, and lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He is the author of the plays The Cryptogram, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He has also written screenplays for such films as House of Games and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict, as well as The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, and Wag the Dog. His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award. As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). His recent books include "The Old Religion" (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; "Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy" (2004), a Torah commentary, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; and "The Wicked Son" (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and anti-Semitism, and "Bambi vs. Godzilla" an acerbic commentary on the movie business.

Product Details

  • File Size: 165 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307275183
  • Publisher: Vintage (December 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NJMBF4
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "WE Are Godzilla" June 10, 2008
David Mamet's hilarious courtroom comedy takes as its premise that nobody's sacred and nothing's sacred, at least in our politically correct current society. His characters include, among others, a gay prosecuting attorney, a defendant who's an anti-Christian Jewish chiropractor, his own anti-semitic defense attorney, and a judge high on antihistamines. Taking place in the city outside the courtroom is a shallow Peace Conference called to resolve Arab/Israeli conflict in the Middle East. The key question at the comedy's heart and put to the squabbling people in the courtroom is, "How can you have peace in the Middle East when you can't have peace in your home?" The judge dreams or remembers a film featuring "a clean land untroubled by pollution. Untouched by strife. With liberty and compassion for all its citizens." This utopian land is then destroyed by a Godzilla like lizard. Within the comedy, the human squabblers in the courtroom -i.e. all the characters - are their own Godzillas and render any scheme for the universal improvement of mankind
illusory. Mamet's vision here is Aristophanic or Swiftian; satirically observing its representatives in the play, he refuses to romanticize the damned human race.

The vivacity of the comedy springs by and large from its verbal brilliance, specifically through the speed and accuracy with which the characters go for each other's jugulars. One late entering character, for example, who is an actual M.D. goes after the chiropractor, addressing him as a thing rather than a person, asking "Is it mad because it didn't get into medical school...?" Not to be outdone, the chiropractor naturally begins to physically strangle the doctor, while getting in as the last word, "Cure cancer you arrogant f***!" Peace in the Middle East? Yeah, right!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mamet Has Fun September 1, 2006
As a reviewer for Daily Variety for seven years, I came to enjoy the characters, ideas, and theatricality of David Mamet's plays that I saw and judged. I became a fan. As I came to write my own plays, I saw intimately that the root of character is through what they DO, yet the stage is made up mostly of what people say. Mamet is often praised for his dialogue, but his plays are active--his characters do things, including swearing, cheating, conniving, dreaming, and scheming. If you're an aspiring playwright or simply a fan of theatre, READ one of his plays and see how few stage directions he gives and how often the dialogue is interrupted, yet you get a strong picture of what's happening. Notice how much his characters do. Feel the subtext that emerges. His dramas are often known for their tension. "Romance," a comedy, you might expect to be far different, but there's still plenty of tension. All his dramas have humor, and here there's just more--delightfully more. When I saw "Romance" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, I laughed a lot and guessed how much fun he surely had writing it. There's even a spot where a character parodies Mamet's love for the F word--absolutely hilarious. At first I thought of "Romance" as Mamet Lite, but the play stayed with me, and I bought it to read. In it, he pushes the envelope of hyperbole and soars. Consider, too, what the title means to what you experience in the play. There's plenty to chew on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Funny Mamet July 8, 2009
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Mamet is one of my five favorite dialogue playwrights. (Mamet, Sorkin, JHHK, Whedon, QT) And this play is one of my favorite Mamet plays. I bought this and Redbelt. If you've never heard of David Mamet, I don't think you will be reading this review. I own every play and movie Mamet ever wrote. And I put this amoung his funniest.

If I was still in college, I would direct this. I directed Speed-The-Plow, American Buffalo, The Woods, and Oh Hell, all within two years. And I wish Romance would have been out back then. If you're on the fence, try it!
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