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A history on Mamet’s November

November, by American playwrite David Mamet, premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on January 17, 2008. It starred Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie from Roseanne), as well as Ethan Phillips, Michael Nichols and Dylan Baker. Metcalf received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as the President’s speech writer, Clarice Bernstein.

It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.

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“Broadway comedy is generally a testament to Twain’s maxim that honesty is the best of all the lost arts. On the boulevard, laughter is meant to distract, not galvanize, to enchant, not disenchant. Into this weak hand, David Mamet has dealt an ace.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker

“Ferociously original . . . and crisply performed, [November] rollicks from one politically incorrect punch line to the next.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Savage merriment . . . delightful . . . wild . . . brilliant” – San Francisco Examiner

“Vaudeville meets current events. . . . David Mamet just couldn’t resist the bully pulpit of satire.” – San Jose Mercury News

“Very funny” – The Sacramento Bee

“Remarkable . . . one of the most profoundly laugh-out-loud plays that I have seen in many years.” – BeyondChron.org

“The big, explosive laughter that starts early in David Mamet’s November is of a kind I haven’t heard in decades.” – The Village Voice

“November gets my vote! Like an expert marksman in a shooting gallery, the playwright takes aim at just about every hot-button issue of the day, scoring a bull’s eye every time.” –Backstage East

“A hilarious, timely, decidedly un-Mamet-like laughfest” – Hollywood Reporter

“Sublime! One of the first breezy and intelligent comedies of substance we’ve seen in a long time” – The Villager

“Extremely funny” – The New York Times

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NOVEMBER
By David Mamet

Director: T.J. Keiter
Assistant Director: Jessi Keiter
Executive Producer: Larissa Norris
Producers: Patrick M. Doneghy and Robert King
Stage Manager: Jay Stein

Dave Wright- President Charles Smith
James Senavitis- Archer Brown
Aimee Meher-Homji- Clarice Bernstein
Gary Cramer- Turkey Representative
Michael Nephew- Chief Dwight Grackle

It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.

PLEASE NOTE- not our usual venue!!!
Performance Location:
Theatre on the Run
3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA 22206

Performance Dates:
Friday, June 1 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2@ 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 7 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, June 8 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 14 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, June 15 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 @ 8 p.m.

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