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Bibliography 2001-02

Survey of Reviews and Scholarship over the past year.


FALL 2001-FALL 2002

Compiled by Janice A. and David Kennedy Sauer.


Mamet, David. South of the Northeast Kingdom. National Geographic Directions. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2002. [released 8 Oct.]

—, “Writer.” The Right Words at the Right Time. Ed. Mario Thomas. New York: Atria Books, 2002. 202-203.

—,    “Introduction.” Cinema/Theatre. By Brigitte Lacombe. Munich: Schirmer/Mosel 2001. L73.

—.    “Be Happy You’re In a Real Business,” Across the Board Mar./Apr. 2002: 11-12.

—.    “The Cheap Hello,” Harvard Review Fall 2001.

—.    ‘Crisis in Happyland.” Sight and Sound Jan. 2002: 22+.

—.    “A Day at the Beach.” Conde Nast Traveler Nov. 2001:162+.

—.    “Hearing the Notes That Aren’t Played: Creation Can Be About Knowing What to Omit.”

               New York Times 15 July 2002: E1. Rpt. as “Mind the Gaps: In Music, as in Drama, the Secret of Writing is What You Leave Out.” Guardian 22 July 2002, sec. Features: 11.

—.    “It’s a Conservative Life: Frank Capra’s Seasonal Favourite Contains Subliminal Capitalist Propaganda.” Guardian 14 Dec. 2001: 5.

“Jean and Eddie.” Harvard Review Fall 2001.

“Moving Pictures” With Brigitte Lacombe. Premiere Sept. 2001.


David Mamet Plays 4. London: Methuen, 2002.

“Jade Mountain.” The Best American Short Plays 1998-1999. Ed. Glenn Young New York: Applause, 2001.

  Glengarry Glen Ross. The Norton Anthologv of American Literature: Volume 2. Ed. Nina Baym. New York: Norton, 2001.


Playwrights at W ork: The Paris Review. Ed. George Plimpton. New York: Modern Library. 2000.

Conversations with Screenwriters. Ed. Susan Bullington Katz. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann 2000.


Bigsbv, C. W. E. “David Mamet: All True Stories.” Modern American Drama 1945-2000. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge     UP, 2000. 199-236.

Combs, Robert. ‘Slaughtering Lambs: The Moral Universe of David Mamet and Wallace Shawn.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 13.1 (2001): 73-81.

Dromgoole, Dominic, “David Mamet.” The Full Room: An A-Z of Contemporary Playwriting. London: Methuen. 2002. 190-92.

Kane, Leslie. ed. David Mamet in Conversation. Ann Arbor:     U.    of Michigan P., 2001.

Mason, David V. “The Classical American Tradition: Meta -Tragedy in Oleanna.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 13.3 (2001): 55-72.

Merlin, Bella. “Mamet’s Heresy and Common Sense: What’s True and False in True and False.” New Theatre Quarterly     16.3 (2000): 249-54.

Pearce, H. “Poiesis and the Withdrawal: The Garden-Motive in Henry James, Wallace Stevens, and David     Mamet.” Analecta Husserliana 75 (2002): 253-78.

Roudané, Matthew C. “David Mamet.” Cambridge History of American Theatre: Volume 3. Post-World War II to the 1990s. Eds. Don B. Wilmeth and C. W. E. Bigsby. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 2000. 365-73.

Stenberg, Douglas, et al. “Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya Translated on 42nd Street.” Literature/Film Quarterly 31.1     (2002): 24-28.

Trbic, Boris. “Mamet’s Business as Usual: Moviemaking and the ‘Quest for Purity’ in State and Main.” Senses of    Cinema: An Online Film Journal. 14 (2001).      http:// state_and_main.html


American Buffalo:

Gardner, Lyn. “Mamet’s Lowlifes Fall Flat in Manchester.” The Guardian 4 May 2002: 27. [Royal Exchange. Manchester, UK]

McCulloh, T. H. Rev, of American Buffalo. Back Stage Best 11 Oct. 2001: 13. [Gardner Stages, West Hollywood]

Boston Marriage: [New Ambassador, London]

Gardner, Lyn. “Mamet’s Camp Night Out.” Guardian 5 Dec. 2001: 16.

Macaulay, Alastair. “Mamet’s M arriage is Made in Heaven.” Financial Times 5 Dee. 2001: 18.

Taylor, Paul. “Mamet Strikes Camp.” Independent 6 Dec. 2001: 12.

Young, Toby. “Strange Union.’ Spectator 8 Dec. 2001: 66.

Death Defying Acts : [International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Calif.]

Phillips, Michael. “Death Defying Acts: Jokes on Life Support.” Los Angeles Times 25 June 2001:2.

Frog Prince:

Graeber, Linda. “Trading a Crown for a Lily Pad.” New York Times 19 July 2002: E38.

Glengarry Glen Ross:

    Barra, Allen. Rev. of Glengarry Glen Ross [film]. American Heritage June 2001: 97+.

    Colgan, Gerry. Rev. of Glengarry Glen Ross. Irish Times 4 Oct. 2002: 12. [Olympia Theatre, Dublin: Steppenwolf production]

“Contemplating ... Urn ... Mamet.” Washington Post 20 July 2001: T20. [Keegan Theatre]

Helbig, Jack. “One Word Describes ‘Glengarry’ at Steppenwolf:    Perfect.” Chicago Daily Herald 7 Dec. 2001: 31. [Steppenwolf, Chicago]

Jones, Chris. Rev. of Glengarry Glen Ross. Variety 7 Jan. 2002: 53. [Steppenwolf, Chicago]

McKittrick, Ryan. “Glengarry Is Real Deal at the Lyric.” Boston Globe 29 June 2002:D1. [Lyric Stage, Boston]

Weiss, Hedy. “Easy to Buy into the ‘Glengarry.”’ Chicago Sun-Times 3 Dec. 2001: 36. [Steppenwolf, Chicago]

Zeff, Dan. Rev. of Glengarry Glen Ross.’ Copley News Service 2 Dec. 2001: sec. Illinois Spotlight. [Steppenwolf, Chicago]


Anderson, John. “Mamet Creates ‘Heist’ Anxiety.” Newsday 9 Nov. 2001: B7.

Appelo, Tim. “American Buffaloer.” Nation 17 Dec. 2001:28.

Carr, Jay. Rev. of Heist. Boston Globe 9 Nov. 2001: E5.

Clark, Mike. “To Catch a Thief, Mamet’s Heist Uses Tired Devices.” USA Today 9 Nov. 2001: 4E.

Covert, Colin. “Con Artistry.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis MN) 9 Nov. 2001: 11E.

Denby, David. “Illusions; New ‘Twists from Richard Linklater and David Mamet.” New Yorker 12 Nov. 2001: 138.

Fernandez , Jay A., et al. Rev . of Heist. Premiere Nov. 2001 : 95.

French, Philip. Rev. of Heist. Observer 25 Nov. 2001: 9.

Howe, Desson. Rev. of Heist. Washington Post 9 Nov. 2001:T38

Hunter, Stephen. “David Mamet Pulls Off a Rich, Tricky Heist.” Washington Post 9 Nov. 2001: C1.

Johnson, Brian D. “ AKnack for Noir: David Mamet and the Coen Brothers Prove Their Mastery of the Genre.” Maclean’s 12 Nov. 2001 : 53.

Johnson, Malcolm. “David Mamet’s Heist Flawed But Satisfying,” Hartford Courant 9 Nov. 2001: D7.

LaSaIle, Mick. “Plot Muddles Mamet’s ‘Heist.’” San Francisco Chronicle 9 Nov. 2001: D3.

Morgenstern, Joe. Rev. of Heist. Wall Street Journal 9 Nov. 2001: W6.

O’Hagan, Andrew. “A Gun, a Girl and a Work of Art.” Daily Telegraph 23 Nov. 2001: 25.

Patterson, John. “Stealing Beauty.” Guardian [London] 12 Nov. 2001 : 14.

Rea , Steven. Rev. of Heist. Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service 7 Nov. 2001: K2225.

Rooney, David. Rev. of Heist. Variety 10 Sept. 2001: 62.

Schickel, Richard. Rev. of Heist. Time 19 Nov. 2001 : 143.

Schwartzbaum, Lisa. “Mano a Mamet.” Entertainment Weekly 16 Nov. 2001. 144.

Sterritt, David. “Thrilling ‘Heist’, Steals a Stash of Caper-Film Ideas.” Christian Science Monitor 9 Nov. 2001:15.

Thomas, Kevin. “Mamet Scores Big with an Expert ‘Heist.’” Los Angeles Times 9 Nov. 2001:14.

Verniere, James. “Cast Scores with Mamet’s House of Fun and Games in ‘Heist.’” Boston Herald 9 Nov. 2001 S13.

Washington, Julie E. “Mamet and Cast Pull Off a Highly Successful Heist.’” Plain Dealer 9 Nov. 2001: 9.

Weiskind, Ron. “Mamet Men.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9 Nov. 2001: 14.

Williams, Joe. “Mamet’s Heist Suffers from Too Much Mamet” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 9 Nov. 2001: E5.

‘Worth Hoping About .” New Republic 2 Dec. 2001: 24.


Burlingame, Jon. ‘ ‘Lakeboat’ Drifts to Release.” Los Angeles Times 28 Sept. 2001: 9.

Carr, Jay. Rev. of Lakeboat. Boston Globe 29 June 2001:C7.

Carter, Nick. “‘Lakeboat’ Captures Mamet’s First Tale of Artful Storytelling.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 4 Jan. 2002: 6E.

LaSalle, Mick. “‘Lakeboat’ Floats on Performances.” San Francisco Chronicle 7 Dec. 2001:D3.

Macdonald, Moira. “Lakeboat Floats Along on Current of Mamet’s Dialogue.” Seattle Times 4 Jan. 2002.

Parks, Louis B. “Veteran Cast Gives. Life to Mamet’s ‘Lakeboat.’” Houston Chronicle 14 Sept. 2001: 6.

Thomas, Kevin. ‘Loneliness and Camaraderie of Men in Mamet’s ‘Lakeboat.’” Los Angeles Times 28 Sept. 2001:9.

A Life in the Theatre:

Hickling, Alfred. “Mamet’s Poisoned Pen.” Guardian [London] 22 Dec. 2001: 19.

Pressley, Nelson. “David Mamet’s ‘Life’. Portrait on a Playbill.” Washington Post 12 Sept. 2001: C9. [Source Theatre, Washington D.C.]

Schreiber, Brad. Rev. of A Life in the Theatre. Back Stage West 20 Sept. 2001:14. [Pasadena Playhouse]


Kowarsky, Gerry. “Mamet’s Oleanna Explores the Mercurial Nature of Power.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 31 May 2002: D2. [Hydeware Theatre]

Pressley, Nelson. “In Mamet’s ‘Oleanna.’ Multiple-Choice Testiness.” Washington Post 12 Mar. 2002: C2. [Source Theatre]

Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants : [Directed by Mamet at the Market Theater in Cambridge]

McKittrick, Ryan. “Master of Illusion: Riveting Ricky Jay Delights Adults with Tricks of the Trade.” Boston HeraId 26 Oct. 2001: S03.

Siegel, Ed. Rev. of Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants Performance. Boston Globe 29 Oct. 2001: B7.

Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants: [Directed by Mamet at the Second Stage Theatre, NYC]

Brantley, Ben. “Ghosts Up His Sleeve and a Million Tricks” New Yor k Times 3 May 2002: E6.

McKinley, Jesse. “A Memory of Houdini and. No Escaping It, It’s a Gabfest.” New Y ork Times 16 June 2002 B5.

Ricky Jay On the Stem:

Isherwood, Charles. “Ricky Jay on the Stem.” Variety 13 May 2002: 32.

The Shawl :

Cragin, Sally. “An Antic, Inspired Take on Mamet’s Shawl.” Boston Globe 30 Jan 2002: F5. {Boston Center for the Arts}

Speed-The-Plow: {Jame M allett Theatre, Toronto}

“Mamet’s Tales Keep Tinseltown Wagging.” Toronto Star 4 May 2002: J7.

Ouzounian, Richard. “Hard Plow Through Mamet.” Toronto Star 6 May 2002: E2.

Wilson Book Reviews:

Levi, Jonathan. “Following in His Footnotes.” Rev. of Wilson :

     A Consideration of the Sources. Los Angeles Times 6 Jan. 2002.

Packard, Wingate. “Mamet’s ‘Wilson’ Is Less a Novel Than

    a Gimmick.” Seattle Times 30 Oct. 2001: C4.

Beckett on Film : {Mamet directed Catastrophe } Aired on PBS in NYC and Boston Sept. 2002.

Siegel, Ed. Boston Globe 20 Sept. 2002: C22.

James, Caryn. New York Times 15 Sept. 2002: B33.

Byrne, Terry. Boston Herald 20 Sept. 2002: S36.


Schaeffcr, Ira. Rites of Passage in the Plays of David Mamet. Dissertation Abstracts International. Volume 59-08, Section A, page 2987. 1998. 224 pp.

    Rites of Passages studies several forms of initiation in a number of the plays, including American Buffalo. Disappearance of the Jews , Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, Oleanna, The Cryptogram, and others. The study argues that, while most of the initiations “fail,” Mamet nevertheless embraces the potential of a transformative function through ritual.

Haspel, Jane Seay. Dirty Jokes and Fairy Tales: David Mamet     and the Narrative Capability of Film. Dissertation Abstracts     International. Volume 58-03, Section A, page 0615. 1997. 239 pp. House of Games. Things Change. Homicide, and Oleanna take center stage in this study of how Mamet manipulates the protocols of the fairy tale to construct stories for the screen.

Alvarado, Sonya Yvette. Dark Visions of America: David Mamet’s Adaptation of Novels and Plays for the Screen (Bob Rafelson, Sidney Lumet, James Foley, Michael Corrente, Screenwriting). Dissertation Abstracts International. Volume 58-03, Section A, page 0614. 1997.176 pp. The Postman Always Rings Twice,. The Verdict, Glengarry Glen Ross, and American Buffalo figure prominently in this study of Mamet as a writer of screen adaptations. Whether adapting his own plays or the works of others. Mamet leaves his unique signature of social critique on the screenplay.