Speed-the-Plow, Mamet's withering Hollywood satire, ran as part of the Elton and Mamet in Hollywood season at C venues in Edinburgh 2001, with Ben Elton's Popcorn. The cast of three, graduates pursuing acting careers, received uniformly positive notices and were all taken on by a major radio production company for future work.
In Mamet's savage and witty satire on the Hollywood movie business, two movie moguls are on the brink of making their fortunes with a prison buddy move with a big star. But when they have a bet over whether one of them can entice his new secretary into bed that night, a lot more than sex is at stake. Maybe there is something more important than money after all…?
Fast-paced, small scale and intimate, Speed-the-Plow focussed all on the three characters who's careers and lusts for power go to war, and showing off the exceptional talents of the actors.
Layered with subtlety and with pearls of wisdom and streaks of epigrams firing back and forth at a furious pace, Speed-the-Plow offered a stylish blend of savage satire and first rate acting to create a widely enjoyed and deservedly popular revival.
BRETT GOLDSTEIN is a regular in "Derek" on Channel 4 and his show BRETT GOLDSTEIN CONTAINS SCENES OF AN ADULT NATURE has recently completed a UK tour at Soho Theatre.