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Mamet Plays : 4: Crytogram , Oleanna , the Old Neighborhood - David Mamet

Mamet Plays

4: Crytogram , Oleanna , the Old Neighborhood

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Published: 1st August 2006
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'A collection of outstanding plays from one of America''s greatest playwrights. Cryptogram : ''Mamet''s play suggests that deception is an endless spiralling process that eventually corrodes the soul. But it also harps on a theme that runs right throughout Mamet''s work: the notion that we use words as a destructive social camouflage to lie to others and ourselves...And here through all the repetitions, half sentences and echoing encounter of one question with another, you feel the characters devalue experience through their use of language. As Del cries in desperation at the end, ''If we could speak the truth for one instant, then we would be free.'' Mamet''s point is that we are held spiritually captive by our bluster and evasions.'' (Michael Billington, Guardian)

Oleanna : ''An exploration of male-female conflicts which cogently demonstrates that when free thought and dialogue are imperilled, nobody wins'' (Independent)

''The Old Neighborhood : Mamet, ranked with Miller, Albee and Shepard as America''s finest living playwrights, distils the raw, rank flavour of people wading down streams of consciousness...A play of riveting disquiet'' (Evening Standard)'

'David Mamet has a miraculous ear for the heightened music of American dialect - it makes poetry out of common usage' New York Post; The Cryptogram: 'Here is the finest American playwright of his generation at full stretch. The writing is tight, spare, and as accurate and ruthless as a scalpel' Sunday Times; Oleanna: 'An exploration of male-female conflicts [which] cogently demonstrates that when free thought and dialogue are imperilled, nobody wins' Independent The Old Neighborhood: 'Mamet, ranked with Miller, Albee and Shepard as America's finest living playwrights, distills the raw, rank flavour of people wading down streams of consciousness... A play of riveting disquiet' Evening Standard

Crytogram; Oleanna; the Old Neighborhood

ISBN: 9780413771322
ISBN-10: 0413771326
Series: Contemporary Dramatists
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1