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!