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“Searing…heart-piercing…haunting and original…[Mamet’s] most emotionally accessible drama to date,”—The New York Times
 
“Elegant and beautiful…David Mamet’s autobiographical play is full of laughter and lament.”—The New Yorker
 
“[Mamet’s] most personal, haunted and haunting play.”—Newsday
 
“Riveting… luminous…beautifully rendered…a significant development in Mamet’s career.”—San Francisco Examiner

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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 Drama School, 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, His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (February 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679746528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679746522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Spiffy on October 26, 2004
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but nobody's read it.

As far as I can tell, Mamet's biggest problem in holding onto the audience his Pulitzer Prize won him comes from an increasingly underappreciated quality in writers today: his admirable level of restraint.

He may have won the people over with his dirty poetry but he's hung onto the faithful with nimbler, subtler writing. It's not that his recent work isn't at the level of his earlier work; I think it just takes a different tack.

"The Old Neighborhood" is three good plays put together to comprise great theater. Each of these plays hits a different part of the human psyche and together they're so good they hurt. It's elegiac, wistful, bitter, furious, tragic; it's as bursting with adjectives as "Glengarry Glen Ross" was with expletives. It takes more work to appreciate this older, wiser Mamet; but the rewards are even greater.
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By marcelo on December 26, 2013
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Dialogue stultified and unoriginal. Even people from the "hood" would be appalled. I would not recommend it to anyone even elderly people from that neighborhood.
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