David Mamet Will Not Be Quoting The Anarchist Reviews In Ads

Patti LuPone and Debra Winger in David Mamet's "The Anarchist" on Broadway got reviews that will be difficult for the production to quote.

Patti LuPone plays a 60’s violent activist imprisoned for 35 years requesting parole from Debra Winger in David Mamet’s “The Anarchist” on Broadway, which got many reviews that will be difficult for the production to quote.

just a wearying lecture~The Hollywood Reporter

strangely gassy~New York Magazine

feels as sterile and lifeless as an interrogation, which it basically is~Associated Press

short, dense and dry drama at the Golden Theatre is often a head-scratcher-Daily News

heavily embroidered slip of a play….where ideas on eschatology, etymology, phenomenology and, yes, criminology are exchanged by intellectual (if not moral) equals~New York Times

LuPone and Winger are restrained to the point of somnambulance-Bloomberg News

a bewildering exercise in audience

…the characters have no credible stage life; they exist only as puppets for Mamet’s ideas~The New Yorker

He does no favors for the thesps in this two-hander by enabling Debra Winger to drone on and on and Patti LuPone to swallow half her lines~Variety

More needlessly opaque debate than drama~Newsday

the writing, repetitive and blunt, falls short of the lofty aspirations~New York Post

sluggish and inert~Boston Globe

Meandering and academic debate that’s hard to follow~AM-NY

brusque badinage between opaque symbols~Entertainment Weekly

a droning, pompous essay brought to unnatural life~Backstage

Note: There were some mixed to positive reviews, most notably USA Today, and I have no opinion until I see it later this week.


About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

One Response to David Mamet Will Not Be Quoting The Anarchist Reviews In Ads

  1. Pingback: Chaplin Silenced, Anarchist Scolded, Dead Accounts Dead on Arrival « New York Theater

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