A Play

Book - 1988
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One of the most celebrated plays of David Mamet's oeuvre, Speed-the-Plow was first produced in 1988 featuring Madonna, Joe Mantegna, and Ron Silver. It is a deeply satirical and witty look at the world of two Hollywood executives, Charlie Fox and Bobby Gould, both of whom have scrambled their way up to the top from the mailroom. As they lock horns over what initially seems like an obvious hit, jealousy and betrayal take over. Industry produces wealth, God speed the plow. - Back cover.
Speed-the-Plow's Broadway run is the most recent triumph of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's astonishingly productive career. "By turns hilarious and chilling ... the culmination of this playwright's work to date ... Riveting theater."--Frank Rich, New York Times; "A brilliant black comedy, a dazzling dissection of Hollywood cupidity and another tone poem by our foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy ... On its deepest level it belongs with the darker disclosures of movie-biz pathology like Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon. In a sense Speed-the-Plow distills all of these to a stark quintessence: there's hardly a line in it that isn't somehow insanely funny or scarily insane ... [It is a] scathingly comic play."-Jack Kroll, Newsweek.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1988, ©1987
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802130464
Branch Call Number: 812 MAMET
Characteristics: 82 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: Characters: Bobby Gould, Charlie Fox, two men around forty; Karen, a woman in her twenties


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