David Mamet's cynical view of the Hollywood film business arrives with a snarl and a sneer... delivered with confident performances all round. Mamet's material demands a firm yet subtle hand, which the players provide. The actors manage to combine macho posturing with the need to build and maintain suspense to the end. Strong stuff.
Radio Forth ***** (9/10)
Mamet's shadowy satire on the Hollywood movie industry raises many questions... Amongst the questions you'll find some smart-acting, with a fast-talking cast of three carrying off this dark, edgy, and very thought-provoking play. Have a look at this play.
Three Weeks ***
A competent, confidently performed production of Mamet's play about a movie producer caught in the classic double-bind of artistic merit vs. commercial interest.
The List ***
It's a sharp and funny play. Quintessential Mamet, it has cynical hard-talking American men... but with gentle and quite sympathetic characterisation.
Edinburgh Guide ***
David Mamet's sharp-witted examination of Hollywood greed... Good performances for a demanding play.
Mamet writes spellbinding quick-fire dialogue with such rhythm and pace it is almost rapping. This simple black-box production focuses attention on the three players. High energy cast.
Young cast up to speed on Mamet's gem... the lead trio excelled themselves in the telling of Mamet's withering anti-Hollywood satire. Gerry Howell and Brett Goldstein are confident and energetic as the male leads. Naturally, in such capable hands, Mamet's dialogue will never disappoint. Dry one-liners and pearls of wisdom pepper proceedings.
Edinburgh Evening News ****