In David Mamet’s latest play, a male college instructor and his female student sit down to discuss her grades and in a terrifyingly short time become the participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. And the relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his seemingly hapless pupil turns into a fiendishly accurate X ray of the mechanisms of power, censorship, and abuse.
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Though I enjoyed this play less than American Buffalo, I thought Mamet had a much clearer sense of vision in this one. The development from the beginning was very startling, and I imagine seeing Will Macy in this rold would have been a great experience.Overall, a stronger play than American Buffalo text-wise, though I have a feeling that the former probably is a better play to watch.more
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