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Collected Drama

Mamet Plays: 1 (Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Squirrels, American Buffalo, The Water Engine, Mr. Happiness)

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TITLE
Mamet Plays: 1 (Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Squirrels, American Buffalo, The Water Engine, Mr. Happiness)
AUTHORS

David Mamet

SYNOPSIS

Gathering six of the author’s plays: Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Squirrels, American Buffalo, The Water Engine and Mr. Happiness.

Duck Variations is “A brilliant little play… about two old men sitting on a park bench discussing ducks.” (Guardian)

In Sexual Perversity in Chicago, “Mamet is not so interested in what brings people together as he is on what keeps them apart… This is a (…) comedy about how difficult it is, in our fucked up society, for men to give themselves to women and for women to give themselves to men.” (Village Voice)

Squirrels “Memorably captures the agony of the creative process.” (Daily Telegraph)

American Buffalo is a “wonderful study of small-time crooks, set in a junk shop.” (Daily Telegraph)

The Water Engine is “an American fable about the common person and the intitution” (Spectator); “a propulsive, kaleidoscopic nightmare” (Guardian)

Mr. Happiness is a short ironic monologue, a complementary piece to The Water Engine.

AVAILABILITY
Available
YEAR
2019
ISBN
978-0-4136-4590-6
TYPOLOGY
Collected Drama
PUBLISHER
Bloomsbury Publishing (Colection: Methuen Drama)
biography

David Mamet

David Alan Mamet, born in1947, is an American playwright, director, screenwriter, and author. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received several Tony nominations for his plays “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1984) and “Speed-the-Plow” (1988).

He first gained critical acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway 1970’s plays: “The Duck Variations”, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”, and “American Buffalo”.

Some of the films written and directed by Mamet include “House of Games” (1987), “Homicide (1991)”, “The Spanish Prisoner (1997)”, and his biggest commercial success, “Heist” (2001). As a screenwriter, some of his works are “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981), “The Verdict” (1982), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Hoffa” (1992), “Wag the Dog” (1997), and “Hannibal” (2001). Mamet wrote the scripts for the film adaptations of his plays “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992) and “Oleanna” (1992), having also directed the latter.

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