This is a fantastic play.
Yes, fantastic is on bold, because this play is bold. It’s bold, brilliant and bloody brutal.
It contains lots of swearing, intelligent swearing, well-used, not over used, swearing, and I loved it.
I also, have to put my title in caps, because I am shouting the title. The play has loud, shouty, American men, being men, trying to be the best-selling man, with the best billing, so yes, shout the title. This is serious business.
Glengarry Glen Ross is David Mamet’s acclaimed masterpiece and is playing at the Playhouse Theatre, London’s West End, until February 3rd, 2018, so there is still plenty of time to see this marvelous piece of work. Directed by Sam Yates, this piece is filled with greed, consumption, tension and drive.
Personally, I was left speechless, the dialogue is constant, non-stop and complicated, so you have to listen, and I feel like all my words had been spoken for me. Jaw open, stunned and trying to understand what I had just seen. I wanted to instantly see it again. The fast paced drive of the piece, mirrors the fast paced life of Estate selling, or any selling in general, which displays incredible, well thought-out writing, directing and acting.
The piece felt mirrored to Arthur Millers, Death of a Salesman, but it doesn’t carry the same weight and anxiety, this piece is far more alive and kicking, but still potrays the hard life of a sales man. The piece deffinately dramatises the real-world working life and explores the selling system, and patriachy within the industry.
The piece is short – the first act roughly 35 minutes and the second around 50, and the ending is so sudden I was a little confused if it had actually ended. (I was sad that it had, I wanted to know more, because in such a short space of time, I had gotten to know and care about these characters.)
A stunning cast of Christian Slater, who has starred in Broadway productions including The Glass Menagerie, Side Man and The Music Man and Kris Marshall, Robert Glenister Stanley Townsend, and Don Warrington, are able to maintain a high energy and tension through-out the piece. So credit to them.
Christian Slater is a Jack Nicholson, he’s brilliant.
And Kris Mashall, I Actually Love him… get it?
Each character portrayed a strong individual – defining different aspects of the role of the job and what it means to them and their lives, and how the job role is changing for the newer generation. This creates an interesting relationship between the older and younger members of the team, with levels of respect and disrespect all the same. The plot contains a slight twist, which is almost hidden in the fast-pace and manipulation of the dialogue. It’s a brilliant, little twist, that was quite heart-destroying for me.
The acting and dialogue definitely stand out and makes this piece of Theatre a must-see.
I’d definitely put this on my list over this Winter Season.
I looked horrendous by the end of the show because the British weather had destroyed my hair, so I didn’t get a photo, but my friends did, so the cast are more than happy to sign autographs and chat after the performance!