Doesn't sound like it will be bad, to me. Sounds like his plan is to confront the idea of people turning on each other in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, in the same way that Zero Dark Thirty was about Maya selling her soul a chunk at a time in her hunt for the white whale of Bin Laden. Twitter is full of idiots, so I'm not paying attention to those losers.
Malkovich in the lead - with Mamet's recent troubles with his new plays he likely can't just open on Broadway like he once did but it will be interesting to see how this plays out and if it gets to Broadway because, well, he'd love to have a late career NYC hit, on his own terms:
Yeah see that's the thing with writers as opposed to actors - actors can change stuff up, do a TV performance, a play , a co-star might bring something out in them. But a writer - no matter what medium he's working in - that goes off the rails well he does it alone and is completely exposed.
China Doll and this both sound like they are more suited to be filmed plays rather than straight stage plays - on film you can control tone, what the audience sees, what you want them to see, shape it differently. He almost is insisting on forcing stuff onto the captive audience you get on stage lately - I'm not sure why Mamet is writing plays now because he seems to really hate theater audiences.
On the other hand he wrote a pretty great play on this subject pre-#metoo - Oleanna (turned into a well-acted but somewhat static film)......that's not a Weinstein play and I wonder when people look back on him and the "when he was good" era whether that one gets any attention nowadays when seen through this plays (apparent) failure
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby: