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Duck Variations, The - Short Play, Comedy

Duck Variations, The

David Mamet

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Short Play, Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573600418

"The most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger." - Village Voice

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Short Play

Comedy

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This play dramatizes the old adage that people who talk the most with authority about something are the ones most likely to know the least about it. Two old men discuss the ways of ducks and life, making observations that are profoundly hilarious.

Published with Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

"The most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger." - Village Voice
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David Mamet

David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 ... view full profile

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Pamela Niesiobedzki 7/26/2014 11:20 AM
"The Duck Variations" features two older men sitting on a park bench looking at ducks. Their talk, however, spreads over wider topics than just the birds, including atmospheric pollution, hunting and loneliness. The "Variations" are obviously fourteen short snippets from a larger continuing dialogue between these two friends. Mamet is a genius at capturing the rhythm and cadences of contemporary speech, illustrating the nature of the characters with virtually no action and the effect of old age on their memory and attitudes. As an older actor rehearsing the character of George, I find the dialogue fascinating but difficult to memorise!

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