The Duck Variations

by  David Mamet

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m

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

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The Duck Variations

by  David Mamet

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 1976 Obie Award for Best New American Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

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

"Mamet's exchanges show an awesome fidelity to the visceral way a conversation can chase its tail, overlap, fade out, or double back on itself." - The Chicago Reader

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $100 with companion piece

Production

Details

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A park on the edge of a big city on a lake.
    An afternoon around Easter.

Casting

2m
EMIL VARE
GEORGE S. ARONOVITZ
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Cast Attributes

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

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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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Premiered at the Saint Nicholas Theatre in 1972 under the direction of David Mamet.

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