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  • Paperback
  • 132
  • November Vintage
  • David Mamet
  • English
  • 24 October 2017
  • 9780307388803

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November Vintage

David Mamet ↠ 2 Review

David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander in chief 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 Finished reading this the day the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage which is a nice little piece of kismetPlay is funny but doesn't feel overly Mamet but it's still a little fucken Mamet uite jaded but I'm excited to see this when it gets produced locally later this year Love how it's one set over 24 hours A stage manager set designer's dream

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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 th It might seem odd that the year Mamet declared that he was no longer a brain dead liberal in a belligerent op ed with that phrase in the title was the same year he decided what America really needed was a farce about a dim witted President who's basically a caricature of George W Bush and who loves to threaten everyone with being sent to Guantanamo style military prisons It's also a little ironic that the main difference between President Smith and the public image of GWB as a lost doofus is that Smith is also fantastically corrupt and will turn on a dime from mouthing respect for American traditions to denouncing them out of pettiness since when you put all those things together you basically get our current chief executive of whom Mamet is now a huge fan But it all makes sense if you read past the title of that op ed to see that he thinks what makes liberal bleeding hearts so brain dead is a delusion that people are good whereas an enlightened real man knows they are all terribleEveryone in November is terrible in different and not very interesting ways; but Smith definitely seems to be closer to the author's heart because he's at least a little creatively and unapologetically so and all of the moments in the play that are actually funny which for me happened about two or three times come from seeing him be the only person who's really trying The idea that he doesn't just misunderstand the silly tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey but turns his misunderstanding into a scheme to extort a fortune from the turkey industry by threatening to pardon all the turkeys in America is a pretty good joke However the fact that Mamet sets up that joke by saying Smith got the idea from the outrageous pardon record of Bill Clinton even though Clinton was far outdone in that department by Reagan and Nixon is very typical of the rest of the play in that it basically assumes the audience listens to a lot of right wing talk radio and accepts that view of the world as common sense From that point of view Mamet might think he's being gallant in making Smith's lesbian speechwriter a basically sympathetic character in the sense that she's only trying to pursue her own self interest and wouldn't try to destroy Thanksgiving if Smith weren't forcing her to a subplot that makes absolutely no sense by the end of the play; Mamet seems to just forget at some point that Smith's original reasons for doing this no longer apply but she's still a Limbaugh style caricature in that she admits to being an America hating radical at heart while also writing her anti patriarchal rhetoric in such a by the numbers way that she clearly doesn't give a crap about those principles either and also since she's a woman she'll do anything to get a child When it comes to the crazed Native American politician who's out for Smith's blood we don't even get as much nuance as that—he's just a cliché spouting cartoon which is supposed to be funny all by itself because it's so politically incorrect Being Mamet there are some nice turns of phrase now and then but it's still painful embarrassing stuffPossibly the worst role is the one person who isn't stupid the President's right hand man Brown whose only reason for existing is to mildly say cynical but sensible things that Smith will ignore I can't imagine a director or actor enjoying trying to make something out of this but apparently people are still doing it and I've even heard people say it's timely now—as if a stupid and venal President was something that took any imagination to depict in 2008 I've also recently heard things like wow it even has a subplot about 'bird flu' from China which I guess means that people have really short memories since avian flu scares have been in the news many times since 1997 The main thing it accomplished for me was retroactively making Oleanna seem better

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E 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 wi So for a long time I thought you had to finish any book put in front of you or any book you’ve started It wasn’t until my first year out of college when my college roommate’s mom enlightened me with the knowledge that I didn’t need to finish any book I didn’t want to This DEFINITELY fell in that categoryFirstly as a Mamet the dialogue flowed very uickly which may be one of the only things I enjoyed It felt performatively racist and brisk which again seems par for the course with him I found myself really liking the characters presented but not loving the overall plot


About the Author: David Mamet

David Alan Mamet is an American author essayist playwright screenwriter and film director His works are known for their clever terse sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing as well as for his exploration of masculinityAs a playwright he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross 1984 and Speed the Plow 1988 As a screenwriter he received Oscar nominations for Th