LA Theatre Works production of Romance Shows Mamet Has Found His Funny Bone

Date: April 9, 2006

L.A. Theatre Works The Play's The Thing

Prepare to be gleefully offended when David Mamet takes a stab at Romance, the latest offering from LA Theatre Works. The uproarious take-no-prisoners comedy pokes fun at everyone from lawyers and judges, to Arabs, Jews, gays and chiropractors. It is Mamet's funniest and most politically incorrect play, a show that Newsday called a "giddy bad-taste valentine to classic sex farce."

Ed Begley, Jr. reprises his role from LA's Mark Taper Theatre production last year as the defense attorney who hurls racial slurs at his own client. Begley replaces William H. Macy in the role. Steven Goldstein recreates the role he created in the Off-Broadway production of Romance as Begley's hapless defendant client. Rod McLachlan (TV's Numb3rs, CSI) is a member of director Neil Pepe's Atlantic Theatre Company. He takes on the role of the Bailiff.

Set in a modern day courtroom, Romance also introduces us to a judge with hay-fever who keeps popping antihistamines, a fussy prosecutor (Gordon Clapp, star of NYPD Blue and Broadway's recent revival of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, who replaces the previously announced Bob Balaban) having a quarrel with his gay lover (Noah Bean, also from last year's Taper production), all while a Middle East Peace Conference is taking place in the same city. Never let it be said Mamet doesn’t have a sense of humor. The same playwright who brought us the soul-shattering Ross knows how to lighten up and keep his audiences in stitches.

Mamet masterfully uses the vernacular of the courtroom to create a world in which shameless fawning, pettiness and impulsive behavior are the order of the day, with no order in the court. The execution of justice quickly descends into hilarious, riotous profanity that is sure to delight, entertain and leave audiences gasping between giggles.

Acclaimed director Pepe returns to helm this radio theater production. He directed a critically lauded fully staged version of the Mamet play at his Atlantic Theatre Company in New York, of which he is artistic director. No stranger to Mamet, Pepe directed the playwright’s American Buffalo for the New York stage.

Leave the kids at home and head to The Skirball Center for the LATW production of David Mamet's Romance. The play opens April 5 and runs to April 9. For tickets call LA Theatre Works at (310) 827-0889 or purchase online at www.latw.org.

The Play’s the Thing airs locally every Saturday night from 10 p.m. to midnight on 89.3 KPCC in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and 88.3 & 102.3 KCLU in Ventura and Santa Barbara, and is streamed live on KPCC's website (www.kpcc.org) for one week following each broadcast. The series can also be heard on 94.7 KPFA in Northern California; 91.1 FM KRCB in Sonoma County; 89.7 WGBH in Boston; 94.9 KUOW in Seattle; 88.9 WQCS in central Florida; 89.9 KUNM in Santa Fe, NM; and everywhere in the U.S. on XM Satellite Radio. Selected programs can also be heard internationally on Voice of America, BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting, RTE (Ireland), Radio Hong Kong, and Radio New Zealand.

The LA Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection is available in bookstores, libraries, through their catalog, and digitally on audible.com, latw.org and iTunes.

Additional support for the broadcast series is provided by AudioFile Magazine. Listeners can visit their website at www.audiofilemagazine.com to view 65 reviews of LATW plays and hear sound clips from them. The Play's the Thing live-in-performance recording series at the Skirball has been underwritten for the 2005-06 season by The Peter Glenville Foundation. The Beverly Hilton hotel is the official hotel for The Play's the Thing.
Get "behind the scenes" when Ed Begley, Jr., Noah Bean, Gordon Clapp, Steven Goldstein, and Rod McLachlan record Romance to air on L.A. Theatre Works' nationally-syndicated radio theater series, The Play's The Thing, which broadcasts weekly on public and satellite radio. David Mamet's outrageous new comedy hilariously skewers everything from sexuality to the justice system.

Written by David Mamet
Directed by Neil Pepe
Starring Ed Begley, Jr., Noah Bean, Gordon Clapp, Steven Goldstein, and Rod McLachlan
Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg

When:
Wednesday, April 5 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 6 at 8 pm
Friday, April 7 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 8 at 3 pm
Sunday, April 9 at 4 pm

Where:
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tickets:
$25.00 to $45.00
Call for student prices.

You can also visit the event's website at: www.latw.org

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