A Life in the Theatre

by  David Mamet

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m

"A comedy about the artifice of acting... It is also about the artifice of living... An evening of pure theatre." - The New York Times

"A comic masterpiece." - New York Daily News

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A Life in the Theatre

by  David Mamet

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A comedy about the artifice of acting... It is also about the artifice of living... An evening of pure theatre." - The New York Times

"A comic masterpiece." - New York Daily News

"The warmest and often the funniest play in town." - New York Post

"[Mamet has] the most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger." - Village Voice

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  • Neil Pepe and David Mamet on A Life in the Theatre
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Various spots around a theatre.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

3m
ROBERT - an older actor
JOHN - a younger actor
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

1 character is non-speaking

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Authors

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 En ...

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A Life in the Theatre premiered at the Theatre de Lys in New York City in October 1977 under the direction of Gerald Gutierrez.

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