Speed-the-Plow

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SPEED-THE-PLOW

speedSex and money battle for blood in the 20th anniversary revival of Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet’s classic skewering of Hollywood power brokers. Starring Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”), Raul Esparza (Company), and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”).

Speed-the-Plow (1988) is a play by David Mamet which is a satirical dissection of the American movie business, a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000).

Jack Kroll of Newsweek described Speed-the-Plow as “another tone poem by our nation’s foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy.”

The play sets its context with an epigram (not to be recited in performance) by William Makepeace Thackeray, from his novel Pendennis, contained in a frontispiece. It starts: “Which is the most reasonable, and does his duty best: he who stands aloof from the struggle of life, calmly contemplating it, or he who descends to the ground, and takes his part in the contest?” The character of Bobby Gould finds himself on both sides of this dilemma, and at times in the play he “stands aloof,” and at other times he “takes part” in life’s contest, with its moral strictures.

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To read the William Makepeace Thackery novel Pendennis where the epigram comes from, click here.

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