The Old Neighborhood (Paperback)

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In "The Old Neighborhood"David Mamet confirms his stature as a master of the American stage, a writer who can turn the most innocuous phrase into a lit fuse and a family reunion into a perfectly orchestrated firestorm of sympathy, yearning, and blistering authentic rage.
In these three short plays, a middle-aged Bobby Gould returns to the old-neighborhood in a series of encounters with his past that, however briefly, open windows on his present. In "The Disappearance of the Jews," Bobby and an old buddy fantasize about finding themselves in a nostalgic shtetl paradise while revealing how lost they are in their own families. In the comfort of her kitchen, Bobby's sister "Jolly" unscrolls a list of childhood grievances that is at nice painful and hilarious. And the old girlfriend in "Deeny," faced with a man she once loved, finds herself obsessively free-associating on gardening, sex, and subatomic particles. Swerving from comedy to terror, from tenderness to anguish with a swiftness that unsettles even as it strikes home "The Old Neighborhood "is classic Mamet.

About the Author


David Mamet 's Glengarry Glen Ross won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. He is also the author of Writing in Restaurants and On Directing Film, both available from Penguin.

Praise For…


“Searing…heart-piercing…haunting and original…[Mamet’s] most emotionally accessible drama to date,”—The New York Times
 
“Elegant and beautiful…David Mamet’s autobiographical play is full of laughter and lament.”—The New Yorker
 
“[Mamet’s] most personal, haunted and haunting play.”—Newsday
 
“Riveting… luminous…beautifully rendered…a significant development in Mamet’s career.”—San Francisco Examiner

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679746522
ISBN-10: 0679746528
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 17th, 1998
Pages: 112
Language: English