Glengarry Glen Ross
Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning play written by David Mamet. The story revolves around four Chicago real estate agents who can be viewed as not quite different from the perceived ethical values of today’s real estate agents. Although Mamet wrote the play based partly on his experiences in late 1960’s real estate industry, many the materials reveal similarities with today’s actual real estate industry. Characters are shown to possess qualities that drive them to go to any length to accomplish their goals, whether legal or illegal. They are forced to find leads, follow them up and close the sale in order to survive. The play’s title is derived from the two projects the real estate agents are selling, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.
David Mamet is an American playwright known for his distinctive characters that are most often from the working-class who spoke profane language. He started his career as a writer while in studying in Goddard College in Vermont. He was born in Chicago and that is where many of the plays he wrote were first performed on stage. He had a colourful life in Chicago, working in various jobs. He became a taxi driver and a factory worker. He also worked in a real estate agency, which became a rich source of materials for Glengarry Glen Ross. His other plays include “Duck Variations,” “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” which had a movie version entitled “About Last Night,” “American Buffalo,” “A life in the Theatre,” and “Speed-the-Plow.” In 1992, Glengarry Glen Ross itself also had a movie adaptation, the screenplay of which was written by Mamet himself. The movie was considered an alternate from of the play. It was directed by James Foley. David Mamet also wrote screenplays which became box office hits such as “The Postman Always Rings Twice” in 1981, “Wag the Dog” in 1997 and Hannibal in 2001. In 1995, his first novel entitled “The Village” was published. His first stint as a movie director was “House of Games” which was shown in movie theatres in 1987. The film was about con artists, a theme that recurs in many of his works.
Glengarry Glen Ross Tickets Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (formerly Plymouth Theatre)
Showing thru Sunday, December 30, 2012
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