Speed-the-Plow

1988 play written by David Mamet / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Speed-the-Plow is a 1988 play by David Mamet that is a satirical dissection of the American movie business. As stated in The Producer's Perspective, "this is a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000)".[1] As quoted in The Producer's Perspective, Jack Kroll of Newsweek described Speed-the-Plow as "another tone poem by our nation's foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy."[1]

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Speed-the-Plow
Speed_the_Plow_play_poster.png
Poster for the 1988 Broadway introduction of the play
Written byDavid Mamet
Directed byGregory Mosher
Characters
  • Bobby Gould
  • Charlie Fox
  • Karen
Date premiered1988
Place premieredRoyale Theatre, New York City
Original languageEnglish
GenreDrama
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The play sets its context with an epigraph (not to be recited in performance) by William Makepeace Thackeray, from his novel Pendennis, contained in a frontispiece: It starts: "Which is the most reasonable, and does his duty best: he who stands aloof from the struggle of life, calmly contemplating it, or he who descends to the ground, and takes his part in the contest?"[2]

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