Edelman: Mamet Play Glengarry Glen Ross a Triumph

The excellent revival of David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (now through Sunday at the H&R Block City Stage downstairs in Union Station) reminds us that, in the generation that preceded Judd Apatow, men didn’t sit around getting high and talking about their feelings. The real estate guys who populate Mamet’s play

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5 Responses to Edelman: Mamet Play Glengarry Glen Ross a Triumph

  1. Anonymous says:

    It takes an excellent ensemble of actors to overcome the familiarity of the characters brilliantly portrayed by Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey and Alex Baldwin to those of us who have seen the film version of GGR dozens of times. However, Mamet is such a gifted writer, this is one of those plays where talented actors can own their parts irrespective of who portrayed them previously.

  2. Anonymous says:

    KCAT did a GREAT job with GGR. As Paula Abdul might say, “They made it their own”

  3. Anonymous says:

    It would be interesting to see if they could do an audience participation version of this play in the future Kind of like the old Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings at the Tivoli. All my sales junkie friends quote from GGR all the time…and not just “coffee is for closers”. You are right Mr. Edelman, the BEST theater is when the actors are the focus of attention. It is pure acting, at its best. As the Master Thespian would say..ACTING….GENIUS….THANK YOU!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Rick in PV
    I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mark. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is my favorite play, period, and this cast is brilliant.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Seb in KC
    Right on, Mark. Yours is the best critical analysis I’ve read about this production (admittedly, in a small sea of raves about it). So I guess I’m reviewing the critic here: Thank goodness that Kansas City, on this site, finally has true critics and not just “reviewers.” Why are the best writers sitting out here in the ether while we have to suffer through the puny “encapsulations of the plot” and “checklist acknowledgments” in our few remaining print sources?

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