Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 8:00 PM PST
(7:30 PM Doors)
Actors Theatre, San Francisco, CA
ATSF in 2012 produced David Mamet’s American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross completing the Business Trilogy with Speed-the Plow. In Speed-the-Plow as in American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross, Mamet has deflated any consideration of business as an honest and noble pursuit, tracing the hazardous business ventures and restless endeavors of his characters “to get something for nothing”.
The playwright frequently points out that American entrepreneurial culture is based on lies, corruption, exploitation and deceit, and suggests that, drawing inspiration and psychic sustenance from the logic and codes of business, his characters twist their lives into bizarre and grotesque forms. Their modus vivendi epitomizes the intensive, all-out quest for money and their dubious ethical standards seem perpetually overshadowed by the urgency of a quick financial gain.
ATSF's production is directed by Carole Robinson and Christian Phillips; features Joseph Napoli, Dean Shreiner, and Sydney Gamble.