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Old 09-06-09, 03:57 PM
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"Speed the Plow" (Mamet) ...any news of a theatrical production?

i love Mamet (can't wait to get "Homicide" and see it for the first time this week) and from what i've read in reviews for the play it sounds amazing, Piven's departure notwithstanding.

sure, not all stage productions can translate well on to the big screen, but Mamet has had tremendous success in my opinion writing his stuff for film.

love the Hollywood satires, especially Altman's "The Player". i didn't like "State and Main" however (one of only a couple Mamet theatrical dislikes) and hopefully it steers from the comedic elements, but think we could be poised for something like this.

so has anyone heard of any news of a production? anything at all...

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Hollywood mid-level producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox engage in a verbal boxing match centered on the eternal debate of art versus money.

Should Gould recommend to his unseen boss another bad action would-be blockbuster? Or should he put himself on the line for a film adaptation of a spiritual, uplifting, and apocalyptic novel?

The office's temp acts as catalyst in this debate. Gould has her read the novel in order to report on it to him later at his apartment. He has a secret bet that he will bed her; there she gives a glowing review of the novel's themes and content, and Gould becomes deeply affected by her and her analysis.

However, she is ditched next day at the office in the play's cynical finale, with Gould's partner, Fox, accusing her of using sex to get a place in the movie business.
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Old 09-06-09, 04:37 PM
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Re: "Speed the Plow" (Mamet) ...any news of a theatrical production?

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i love Mamet (can't wait to get "Homicide" and see it for the first time this week) and from what i've read in reviews for the play it sounds amazing, Piven's departure notwithstanding.

sure, not all stage productions can translate well on to the big screen, but Mamet has had tremendous success in my opinion writing his stuff for film.

love the Hollywood satires, especially Altman's "The Player". i didn't like "State and Main" however (one of only a couple Mamet theatrical dislikes) and hopefully it steers from the comedic elements, but think we could be poised for something like this.

so has anyone heard of any news of a production? anything at all...

description of play:
Spoiler:
Hollywood mid-level producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox engage in a verbal boxing match centered on the eternal debate of art versus money.

Should Gould recommend to his unseen boss another bad action would-be blockbuster? Or should he put himself on the line for a film adaptation of a spiritual, uplifting, and apocalyptic novel?

The office's temp acts as catalyst in this debate. Gould has her read the novel in order to report on it to him later at his apartment. He has a secret bet that he will bed her; there she gives a glowing review of the novel's themes and content, and Gould becomes deeply affected by her and her analysis.

However, she is ditched next day at the office in the play's cynical finale, with Gould's partner, Fox, accusing her of using sex to get a place in the movie business.

Only if they let Madonna reprise her broadway role!
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Old 09-06-09, 08:22 PM
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Re: "Speed the Plow" (Mamet) ...any news of a theatrical production?

I have a hard time imagining this as a film. It's a great play, but it just consists of a few lengthy conversations between three people. I would think it would need major revision and expansion to makes sense as a film.
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