note: entire contents copyright 2008 by Beverly Creasey
Who would have guessed! David Mamet trots out a turkey this time. You wouldn’t think that the master of savage comedy would concern himself with lightweight fowl play but NOVEMBER (up at the Lyric Stage through Nov. 15th) is Mamet’s featherweight jab at White House politics. Evidently Presdiential pardons are sold left and right and President Smith (the dapper Richard Snee) is not above charging the turkey farmers of America an arm and a leg for that infamous press event known as the annual “Thanksgiving” turkey pardon.
Mamet’s fictitious President, not unlike some real ones, is a crass, self-serving son-of-a-gun, aided and abetted by Will McGarrahan as his savvy chief advisor. McGarraghan looks so authentic and authoritative (in that dreamy suit by Seth Bodie) that I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the next administration!
Diehard Mamet fans can play “Where’s Waldo” to find shadows of his other, more serious works in NOVEMBER: A representative of the Nantuckett Micmacs (Dennis Trainor, Jr.) is keen on making a shady real estate deal with Smith, and his lesbian speechwriter (Adrianne Krstansky) wants desperately to turn her “Boston Marriage” into a Massachusetts union. (I’m not going to give them all away. Not to worry.)
It’s a treat to see Neil A. Casey back in town, melting down like nobody’s business, as the hysterical turkey wrangler. I just wish director Daniel Gidron had found a way to keep him on stage the whole time! And I really would have liked so see one of those gobblers make an appearance.