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The Woods and Reunion by David Mamet


Mon 21 Apr 2008–Sat 26 Apr 2008, 8:00pm–2:00pm

Where: The Glen Eden Playhouse, Auckland Central

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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NZ Premiere of The Woods and Reunion

Written by David Mamet, Directed By Stuart Devenie and Designed by Matt Klienhans

Featuring: Amy Waller, Andrew Munro and Mick Innes

The NZ professional premiere of ‘The Woods’ and ‘Reunion’ by David Mamet. The two one act plays from the early seventies display the characteristic control of language which has made Mamet one of America’s leading playwrights.

In ‘The Woods’, Ruth and Nick, two young Americans at what may be the beginning of a longer relationship (or maybe not), escape for a weekend at Nicks family cabin near Chicago. Over the course of 12 hours and 3 scenes the apparently inconsequential chit-chat transforms into a classic battle or the sexes as each character attempts to shape the encounter to their agendas.

‘Reunion’ is the story of Carol and Bernie. Bernie a 53 year old W.W.II veteran, struggling to maintain order to his chaotic life, is visited by his daughter after being apart for over 20 years. Steadfastly working class, Bernie regales Carol, now firmly embedded in middle-class culture, with stories of his life, she perhaps would rather not know. “Reunion” is vintage Mamet and he manages to take what is , at its core, a tragic story and provide a surface of rapid fire comedy as the characters struggle towards a new accommodation for their renewed friendship.

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