Thursday is review day and the reviews have been tumbling in all day. Just in was our review on the DCist.com complete with three pictures. Here’s a little bit of the review:
The two men in Speed the Plow are a purer breed, flawed but gifted only at self-preservation. They’re just like Oscar-winning screenwriter and move-biz memoirist William Goldman says most successful Hollywood types are: baffled and a little frightened by their own good fortune, hyper-aware of their own ordinariness, and terrified that someone is going to call them on it.
As Bobby and Charlie, Danton Stone and Peter Birkenhead understand this intuitively. (Indeed, Brikenhead has written with humor and insight about his own experience of “going Hollywood” for Salon and other publications.) Mamet’s pungent, musical dialog is practically its own language, but these guys speak it like natives. And as Karen — a role originated by “Like a Prayer”-era Madonna, incidentally — Meghan Grady gives a persuasive and nuanced performance in what could easily have been a one-note part.
The play’s three acts are punctuated by snippets of early Elvis Costello songs, music that shares with Mamet’s play a bitter verbal brio and a merciless velocity. Like those tunes, Speed the Plow knocks you flat and is over before you know it. How often do you feel that at a play? Read the full review here.
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