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DAVID MAMET is a director as well as the author of numerous acclaimed plays, books, and screenplays. His play Glengarry Glen Ross won a Pulitzer Prize, and his screenplays for The Verdict and Wag the Dog were nominated for Academy Awards. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
A book on theatre by David Mamet is bound to contain some pithy observations on the nature of theatre, acting, and directing. And from that POV this book doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by David Wade Smith
...words that could also be used to describe most of Mr. Mamet's plays. Removing the veneer of politeness with regards to acting, directing, and writing for theatre, the short... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Aaron
I wish I had this book when I studied theatre in college. Mamet has brass balls, cutting through the group think, guru-worship, collectivist claptrap, and PC thuggery rampant in... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Morgan Stanton
If it doesn't serve the story, get rid of it. Period. That's what I came away with from this text. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Just a Putz in WI
Although not all would agree with Mamet's premises, I find them right on and entertaining. His knowledge of theater and what works is fantastic. Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Warren J. Graffeo
Look, I'm a big fan of early-ish Mamet (Glengarry Glenn Ross, Speed-the-Plow) -- but this book is a hundred ways of terribly argued. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Hyacinthus
Mamet is astonishingly dishonest and it's his dishonesty, not his prescriptive shallowness that makes this book interesting. Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by davido