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Blistering play that creeps up on you till the last line
on April 26, 2012
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.