Sunday, May 08, 2005

Broadway Opening - 2005 Glengarry Glen Ross, by Christine

Broadway Opening - Glengarry Glen Ross

I wished I lived in New York as the timeless Glengarry Glen Ross opened on Broadway, at the Royale Theater, with a formidable cast: Alan Alda, Liev Schreiber, Frederick Weller, Tom Wopat, Gordon Clapp, and Jeffrey Tambor. Frankly, I’d go to any play with Alan Alda in it, but to have a combination this good is distressing to someone too far away to partake.

It’s interesting how some stories just never fade into the sunset, nor should they. Such is the case with Glengarry Glen Ross. For those unaware, Glengarry Glen Ross centers around small-time real estate salesmen/hustlers intent on ‘closing deals’ on the title’s land plots.

I read the 1984 book/play/Pulitzer Prize winner, by David Mamet, and saw the movie starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, et al. Pacino received a 1992 Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, although Lemmon was clearly the movie’s standout. Kevin Spacey played his part so well, I began to take notice of him. I liken the gritty Glengarry Glen Ross to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in its characters’ ‘Pursuit of the American Dream’, however, that’s where the similarities end, as Glengarry is full of selfish, morally and ethically bankrupted characters: Roma, Williamson, Levene, Moss and Aaronow (not a Willy Lohman in the bunch). The play runs through to August 28th/05, so who knows... maybe I can save up.


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