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  1. Standard member rbmorris
    Vampyroteuthis
    06 Mar '08 05:08
    Just got tickets to see David Mamet's, 'Oleanna' later this month. Saw it live once already (starring William H. Macy). Brilliant! I'm looking forward to seeing it again. (I'm also a big fan of Mamet in general.)

    Anybody enjoy seeing plays? Any favorites that you've seen?
  2. 06 Mar '08 05:11
    Originally posted by rbmorris
    Just got tickets to see David Mamet's, 'Oleanna' later this month. Saw it live once already (starring William H. Macy). Brilliant! I'm looking forward to seeing it again. (I'm also a big fan of Mamet in general.)

    Anybody enjoy seeing plays? Any favorites that you've seen?
    Don't know him... 😛
    I use to go and see some plays. Last one: Sweeney Todd (not the movie) 🙂
  3. Standard member rbmorris
    Vampyroteuthis
    06 Mar '08 05:55
    Originally posted by serigado
    Don't know him...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_mamet
  4. 06 Mar '08 13:31
    Originally posted by rbmorris
    Just got tickets to see David Mamet's, 'Oleanna' later this month. Saw it live once already (starring William H. Macy). Brilliant! I'm looking forward to seeing it again. (I'm also a big fan of Mamet in general.)

    Anybody enjoy seeing plays? Any favorites that you've seen?
    I don't often see plays but there was a while in my life when I read a lot of them, including Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" which I know you love. Friends of mine performed The Zoo Story (by Albee) in a high school talent show that was very good.
  5. 06 Mar '08 13:39 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by rbmorris
    Just got tickets to see David Mamet's, 'Oleanna' later this month. Saw it live once already (starring William H. Macy). Brilliant! I'm looking forward to seeing it again. (I'm also a big fan of Mamet in general.)

    Anybody enjoy seeing plays? Any favorites that you've seen?
    The last play I saw was a while ago: Long Day's Journey Into Night, with Sam Waterston. It was truly awesome, and I got to talk with him afterwards. I found him to be an honorable man.

    "In 2000, Waterston appeared in the Syracuse Stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night." The critically praised production also starred his son, James Waterston ("Another Time," "The Lady and the Clarinet" ), as well as Elizabeth Franz ("Death of a Salesman" ) and John Slattery." http://tinyurl.com/yqrmfs
  6. 06 Mar '08 13:44
    Originally posted by pawnhandler
    The last play I saw was a while ago: Long Day's Journey Into Night, with Sam Waterston. It was truly awesome, and I got to talk with him afterwards. I found him to be an honorable man.

    "In 2000, Waterston appeared in the Syracuse Stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night." The critically praised production also starred his ...[text shortened]... beth Franz ("Death of a Salesman" ) and John Slattery." http://tinyurl.com/yqrmfs
    Is Sam Waterston the guy from Law and Order?
  7. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    06 Mar '08 13:56
    La Fura dels Baus are probably the most amazing company I've seen.

    Their play, OBS, was an amazing industrial version of MacBeth. They put the audience in a basketball court and then had these large machines on wheels being pushed around the court, with the actors doing the play on top of them. Very gory and bloody and you were constantly on your toes, because you had to move or risked being hit by these machines.

    Really imersing. Here's a promo for La Fura dels Baus:
    YouTube&feature=related
  8. 06 Mar '08 16:02
    Originally posted by rbmorris
    Just got tickets to see David Mamet's, 'Oleanna' later this month. Saw it live once already (starring William H. Macy). Brilliant! I'm looking forward to seeing it again. (I'm also a big fan of Mamet in general.)

    Anybody enjoy seeing plays? Any favorites that you've seen?
    I haven't been a big play goer. I've probably only seen a handful in my life, but one that made a pretty big impression on me was "I Am My Own Wife." Jefferson Mays was remarkable. The fact that the play was still in development at the time, made him all the more so. If all or even most of the plays that I've seen were on that level, I'd definitely go more regularly.
  9. Standard member rbmorris
    Vampyroteuthis
    06 Mar '08 18:04
    If any of you have a chance to see Oleanna, it's highly recommended.

    From Wikipedia:

    Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students who accuses him of sexual harassment and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure.

    In Act I, Mr. Mamet locks one man and one woman in an office where, depending on one's point of view, an act of sexual harassment does or does not occur. In Act II, the antagonists, a middle-aged university professor and an undergraduate student, return to the scene of the alleged crime to try to settle their case without benefit of counsel, surrogates or, at times, common sense.

    The result? During the pause for breath that separates the two scenes of Mr. Mamet's no-holds-barred second act, the audience seemed to be squirming and hyperventilating en masse, so nervous was the laughter and the low rumble of chatter that wafted through the house. The ensuing denouement, which raised the drama's stakes still higher, does nothing to alter the impression that "Oleanna" is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year.

    Experiencing David Mamet's play "Oleanna" on the stage was one of the most stimulating experiences I've had in a theater. In two acts, he succeeded in enraging all of the audience - the women with the first act, the men with the second. I recall loud arguments breaking out during the intermission and after the play, as the audience spilled out of an off-Broadway theater all worked up over its portrait of . . . sexual harassment? Or was it self-righteous Political Correctness?
  10. 06 Mar '08 22:41
    Originally posted by rbmorris
    If any of you have a chance to see Oleanna, it's highly recommended.

    [b]From Wikipedia:


    Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students who accuses him of sexual harassment and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure.

    In Act I, Mr. Mamet lock ...[text shortened]... s portrait of . . . sexual harassment? Or was it self-righteous Political Correctness?[/b]
    That sounds interesting. I'd enjoy watching that if I could.

    I haven't seen a play for a while, but the last one I quite enjoyed was called "Premature Burial" at a local art centre, around last halloween. A story was about a man with an intense fear of being buried alive and eventually ending up in a box underground alone for his own fault.


    I like watching plays which are very intense in some places with a touch of horror or a shock at one or two critical moment. I guess that's my part of a child-like mentality..
  11. 06 Mar '08 23:08
    Originally posted by darvlay
    Is Sam Waterston the guy from Law and Order?
    Yes! But he wasn't all full of himself like many stars are.