In these three short plays, middle-aged Bobby Gould returns to the old neighborhood in a series of encounters with his past that, however briefly, opens windows on his present. In The Disappearance of the Jews
(also included in Mamet's Three Jewish Plays
) Bobby and an old buddy fantasize about finding themselves in a nostalgic shtetl paradise while revealing how lost they are in their own families. In the comfort of her kitchen, Bobby's sister Jolly
unscrolls a list of childhood grievances that is at once painful and hilarious. And the old girlfriend in Deeny
, faced with a man show once loved, finds herself obsessively free-associating on gardening, sex, and subatomic particles.
"Heart piercing...In this triptych of short, searing plays, the author of American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross has created his most emotionally accessible drama to date." - The New York Times
" A funny, moving evening." - New York Post
"This is Mamet unplugged...What we have, in essence, are three dialogues. And Mamet is, of course, a virtuoso of dialogue." - Daily News
"Blistering, highly charged theatre." - AP
The Old Neighborhood was first presented by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Stuart Thompson on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in New York City on November 19, 1997. It was directed by Scott Zigler.