Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, (12/08/2012 - 1/20/2013)

First Preview: Oct 19, 2012
Opening Date: Dec 08, 2012
Closing Date: Jan 20, 2013
Total Previews: 48
Total Performances: 45

Category: Play, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Setting: 1983.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Luigi & Rose Caiola, Gutterman Chernoff, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Amy & Phil Mickelson, Patty Baker, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Ken Greiner, Meg Herman, Kathleen K. Johnson, Stephanie P. McClelland, Harvey Weinstein, James Fuld Jr./Kirmser Ponturo Fund, Kit Seidel/Myla Lerner, Will Trice and GFour Productions; Produced in association with RPMedia Company; Assistant Producer: Michael Crea and PJ Miller

Written by David Mamet

Directed by Daniel Sullivan; Assistant Director: Rachel Slaven

Scenic Design by Eugene Lee; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls; Associate Scenic Design: Edward Pierce; Associate Lighting Design: Stephen Terry; Assistant Scenic Design: Nick Francone and Jen Price; Assistant Costume Design: China Lee

General Manager: Richards / Climan, Inc.; Company Manager: Alexandra Agosta

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Stephen M. Kaus; Stage Manager: Alex Lyu Volckhausen

Casting: Telsey + Company and Will Cantler, CSA; Press Representative: Irene Gandy and Alana Karpoff; Advertising: AKA; Marketing: AKA; Digital Marketing Strategy: AKA; Photographer: Scott Landis; Press Associate: Christopher Pineda and Thomas Raynor

Opening Night Cast

Al PacinoShelly Levene
Bobby CannavaleRichard Roma
David HarbourJohn Williamson
Richard SchiffGeorge Aaronow
Murphy GuyerBaylen
John C. McGinleyDave Moss
Jeremy ShamosJames Lingk

Understudies: Murphy Guyer (George Aaronow, Shelly Levene) and C. J. Wilson (Baylen, Dave Moss, James Lingk, John Williamson, Richard Roma)

Reviews


AP: "Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' with Al Pacino shows playwright's past still crackles"

David Mamet’s return to Broadway has been upstaged — by David Mamet.

A crackling revival of his excellent “Glengarry Glen Ross” opened Saturday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, a few steps from his latest play, “The Anarchist.”

Within a block, you can see Mamet’s past and present. And that may be unnerving for a man this brilliant. “The Anarchist” was roasted by critics and will limp off the stage after just 40 performances. It will be survived by a 30-year-old ghost, a play as lively as “The Anarchist” was arid.

 “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a foul-mouthed brilliantly created and insightful look at men in the modern work place, is drenched in testosterone and verbal trickery, whereas “The Anarchist,” a long-winded conversation between an inmate and a warden, was unexciting and lifeless.

But lifeless is not the first word that comes to mind while watching director Daniel Sullivan’s fresh look at two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate salesmen. Sullivan and his first rate cast plumb the play for its humor, so often lost amid the darkness and paranoia others have chosen to tease out.

This “Glengarry Glen Ross” is a hoot. The timing is pretty good too: Florida real estate and horrible desperation in offices is now in vogue.

The big star, of course, is Al Pacino, who plays Shelly “The Machine” Levene, the once-winning-but-now-struggling salesman. Pacino and Sullivan last teamed up with “The Merchant of Venice” on Broadway and they risk the same result: Pacino is Pacino and, by definition, unbalances any production.

Here he works hard to be meek and chummy and desperate and mostly succeeds, though it’s hard not to think you’re watching Al Pacino working hard to be meek and chummy and desperate.

His eyes bulge, he plays with his hair, he takes long pauses while staring to get his point across — he bobs up and down in the Mamet dialogue, sometimes relishing the theatricality of the role and other times losing himself in it. That matches the Levene character, who is down and then up, then down again. Pacino’s eyes blaze triumphantly when he’s the cat, but later he is piteous as the mouse, begging “listen. Just one moment.”

The rest of the cast is first-rate: Richard Schiff, who played fidgety Toby Ziegler on “The West Wing,” is hysterical as the manipulative George Aaronow; David Harbour, of “The Coast of Utopia,” is lovely as the crumbling office manager; John C. McGinley, the abrasive senior doctor on “Scrubs,” is wonderfully clueless as Dave Moss; and Jeremy Shamos, who got a Tony Award nomination for “Clybourne Park,” is heartbreaking as a weak-willed customer.

It falls to Bobby Cannavale from “The Motherf----- With the Hat” to become the gravitational force holding the scenes together and he steps up with a first-rate Richard Roma, a role played by Pacino in a film version. Cannavale is perfectly cast — a snarling good-looking, swaggering actor who can also be a goodfella, a nice listener if you’ve got a problem.

He reels in Shamos’ character in the first act with such slick bravado that it’s no wonder checkbooks open around town. In Act 2, Cannavale’s slick-backed cool — “let’s talk about you” — is dropped as his Roma rails against the office manager and the police officer investigating a break-in at the office.

Mamet is back — but maybe not the way he wanted. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is a reminder of his potential. His present languid, overly intellectual work, will, to steal a phrase from this old show, “always be closing.”


AP
12/09/2012

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