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How Good is David Mamet, Anyway?: Writings on Theater--and Why It Matters

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How Good is David Mamet, Anyway?: Writings on Theater--and Why It Matters by Heilpern,John, 9780415925471
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  • ISBN: 9780415925471 | 0415925479
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/5/1999
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What makes an actor great? Why is English theatre better than American -- or is it? How good is David Mamet, anyway?

John Heilpern, theatre critic for The New York Observer, has spent a career watching the plays and the players, the geniuses and the also-rans, the great and the not so great on both sides of the Atlantic, and writes about them with lightness and passion.

How Good is David Mamet, Anyway? is the best of John Heilpern's theatre writings. The players are many: Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren and George C. Wolfe, Fiona Shaw and Savion Glover, Karen Finley and David Mamet, and dozens of others. There's also an important essay on the differences between the British and American theatre scenes, profiles of such legends as Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, and Michael Bennett, engaging pieces on such figures as Peter Brook and Robert Brustein, review-essays on dozens of great, good, and awful plays, as well as contrary opinions on some of our most widely admired playwrights. There are comic turns, too: "The Year of the Penis" and "The Art

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