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The Anarchist

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Nothing is quite what it seems in Mamet's latest work. With a nod to his mentor, Harold Pinter, Mamet employs his signature verbal jousting in "The Anarchist," which centers on two women: a prison governor and a prisoner with a life sentence trying to make the case that she merits parole. The Broadway premiere stars Patti LuPone and Debra Winger.
ebook, 96 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by Theatre Communications Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Matt
This is a beautiful, important piece of philosophical writing. It should be taught in theatre classes, literature classes, psychology classes and philosophy classes. I understand part of the reason this play had such a short run on Broadway--it is not meant for the Broadway patron; it is meant for truly thoughtful, introspective, intelligent people. I can't say that I would have paid a Broadway price to see this play had I read it beforehand--but I definitely would see it in a smaller scale hous ...more
Jeff Arena
As a drama, this is pure polemics. As polemics, this is pure melodrama. Subtlety, poetry, insight, truth, humanity: they're all missing. Mamet's better work captures his fantasy of how groups of colleagues (mainly men) talk, how they use language to define their social structure and, especially, power centers. Here, in the drama of two women playing cat-and-mouse with each other (standing in for the back-and-forth of opposing views on security, punishment, compassion), Mamet stumbles. Every mome ...more
Christopher
My prior experiences with Mamet left me with little more than a tepid respect for his place in contemporary theatre. I was neither impressed with his signature style nor moved by his pieces, as some nagging little snob in the back of my brain felt his prizing of simplicity was always rife with subversive pretension. In terms of his previous plays, I still don't "get it," and I likely never will.

All of that said, I thoroughly enjoyed The Anarchist.

My largest qualm with the Mamet of yore was the
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arabella bishop
well, Mamet is not my favourite playwright but I follow his career because he writes about interesting things. this play of his is about a conversation between two women: a prisoner and her guard. It's not an easy read plus the story is not dynamic sometimes it gets slow and boring and somehow it just didn't get my full attention. In spite of it being very short, it took me a whole day to finish it.
Matt
The Anarchist is a welcomed addition to Mamet's body of work. Here is a play that will continue to be discussed and debated for years to come.
Joel Caldero
The Anarchist is written in a platform. The book about two woman one named Ann case manger of a woman Cathy,she in jail for killing two copes.Cathy want to be prowled Ann want to help her,but Ann thinks Cathy is hiding information about two people who help her do the crime.Cathy over cores of time in jail had became a reformed christen, she also had a lesbian lover in jail who left jail before her.
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David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.

As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for Th
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