Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I am no Mamet expert. Frankly I'm no expert, period. However, upon reflections on the events in the play, for some reason, I am driven to conclude that Mr. Mamet's ultimate goal is to rip religion a new asshole for being used as a cover and an excuse all too often. I could be wrong, but I really think the doctor may not have been a deeply religious man, but when he made a mistake with his patient (which involves a gun) he may have felt it OK to cover his mistake with an even bigger lie about his religious beliefs. Like I said, I'm no expert, but If someone did what the doctor's wife reveals at the very end, I can't imagine how anyone could allow it to happen - sworn Hippocratic oath or not.
I will say that Chris Bauer (Charles) held court in most every scene with his own strong convictions and beliefs. His wife (Kath) Rebecca Pidgeon was a bit stilted and awkward. Not sure if that was intentional or it was just a lack of performances to master the Mamet style dialogue. Lawrence Gilliard (The Attorney) provided a brilliant and impeccable performance poking holes in the doctor's statements during a remarkable deposition scene. Jordan Lage (Richard) was a stalwart defense attorney to Charles.
Head on over to the Atlantic Theatre on West 20th and catch a performance of a gripping and thought provoking drama.