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Volume 8: Reviews of Boston Marriage in London’s Donmar Warehouse and Glengarry Glen Ross ACT San Francisco, and Mamet and Ricky Jay at Town Hall. Leslie Kane surveys the year's work in Mamet studies and looks ahead. President Janet Haedicke bids the Mamet Society farewell. Review of Mamet’s film of State and Main, the film of Lakeboat , and the film of Hannibal

Boston Marriage in London
The British premiere of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage had all the trappings of being one of the most memorable and important productions of the 2001 London season. The cast featured Zoë Wanamaker, previously seen as the powerfully venomous Jolly in the Royal Court Theatre production of Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood (1998), and Anna Chancellor, who displayed perfect comedic timing in the Donmar Warehouse’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy (1998). Directing Boston Marriage was Phyllida Lloyd, one of London’s hottest directors. Producing the play was the Donmar Warehouse.
Review of Glengarry Glen Ross
ACT's production of Glengarry was directed with to-the-bone-ferocity by Les Waters. Loy Arcenas’s set was stunning. The bright red booths of the Chinese restaurant of Act 1 were dwarfed by the Geary Theater’s cavernous stage, suggesting the lower regions of Dante’s Inferno and the vulnerability and desperation of the characters trapped therein.
Two Hussies: Town Hall Meeting
During their recent tete a tete at New York's Town Hall, in the company of several hundred admirers David Mamet discussed magic with Ricky Jay.
New and Forthcoming
Leslie Kane surveys the year's work in Mamet studies and looks ahead.
President's Message
Janet Haedicke bids the Mamet Society farewell.
Review of State and Main
Mamet's approach to film contrasted with his approach as playwright.
Review of the film of Lakeboat
Joe Mantegna, in his debut as a film director, has created a fully persuasive film version of David Mamet’s 1970 play Lakeboat. The stage version calls for “a construction of a Lakeboat, so that all playing areas can be seen at once.” The film moves around the ship, out onto the lake, and into port, a surface realism that suits the medium and offsets Mamet’s carefully stylized dialogue.
Review of the film of Hannibal
As the story goes, Mamet was originally hired as part of a "super crew" for this film, along with director Scott and actor Anthony Hopkins. Mamet's first draft of the screenplay failed to impress the film’s producers, though, and the writer chose to work on his own film,"State and Main", rather than revise the "Hannibal script. The producers brought in Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List), who revised Mamet's script into the foundation of this year's most anticipated sequel.
Review of Homicide Symposium
The San Francisco Society for Lacanian Studies, in conjunction with the Pacific Film Archive, presented an afternoon symposium on October 6, 2001, on Mamet's film "Homicide."
Annual Bibliography, 2000-Summer 2001
Works by and about Mamet and his works are cited.
Annual Bibliography, 2000-Summer 2001
Works by and about Mamet and his works are cited.