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Subject:NY, running
Time:09:20 pm
I made it to NY around midnight last night.

This morning I made my way to the hotel's (quite nice) fitness center, where I finished W4D1. I really have to say that it's the hardest thing I've done physically in quite a while. I had to talk myself into keeping going 'til the end by telling myself that I haven't given up on one yet, and now is not the time to start. When I was done, I sat around the fitness center for five or ten minutes, then came up to the room and collapsed on the bed for a while before I was able to move. The jump from W3 to W4 seems to be too large to me, and I can see why that's where people start giving up.

After a quick lunch we saw a new David Mamet play called Race, which is currently in previews on Broadway. The cast is made up of four people-- James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, and Richard Thomas. It's a fascinating play, but I wasn't terribly impressed with the performances or the direction. The whole show felt very rushed to me, like the director couldn't stand any pauses in the action. One character in particular was really bad-- I've seen better acting in high school shows.

I'm hoping it cleans up its act before the official opening, since the play itself is quite interesting.

Tomorrow, who-knows-what in the daytime, and a lovely dinner in the evening. Monday afternoon I take off for Glasgow.
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ronsrants
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Time:2009-11-22 03:32 pm (UTC)
"After a quick lunch we saw a new David Mamet play called Race, which is currently in previews on Broadway."

"The whole show felt very rushed to me, like the director couldn't stand any pauses in the action."

So who won? My money is on James Spader...I bet he was the fastest runner on the stage.

-R
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jj1960
Subject:David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-11-22 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, RACE is very Mametian in its pacing...fast and furious.

I too saw the show earlier in the week and during that performance I thought that both James Spader and David Alan Grier gave excellent performances. Like you I was very disappointed in one of the performances and really hope that the individual improves dramatically by opening night otherwise they should really consider a casting change.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-11-23 12:56 pm (UTC)
The fact that we are both avoiding pronouns in order to identify the individual is both amusing and telling. I'm seriously hoping she can find the role soon.
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jj1960
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-11-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hope you had a safe trip back to Glasgow. Yes, we are talking about the same performance. I really hope she can find the role by opening night when the theatre critics are in the house. I will know if she has improved from the first week of previews because I have tickets for the show. She really is a very good actress, so I do not know what it is about this role, or doing Mamet, that is causing her to be so wooden on the stage.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-11-23 07:50 pm (UTC)
Please let me know how it is. I'll be back home in San Francisco by the time it officially opens.
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jj1960
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-11-23 08:55 pm (UTC)
I will let you know how things went for the opening. Hope you have a good time in Glasgow.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-12-07 08:19 pm (UTC)
The critics have spoken:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/theater/reviews/07race.html?ref=theater

Given that the only adjective they used for her performance was "subdued", I'd say she pulled it together at least a little bit.
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jj1960
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-12-08 01:56 am (UTC)
Kerry was much better on Opening Night than she was very early in previews. Richard Thomas' performance I thought also had improved and that they both had a much better grasp on their characters. David Alan Grier's performance was very similar to his earlier one, and this is not too surprising because he seemed to have the most complete character from the get-go. James Spader gave a wonderful performance during the first preview, but has really added layers to the character in the last few weeks...remarkable performance; he was EXCELLENT!!!! All-in-all the production is much smoother and the performances mess much better than earlier, so if you saw it in early previews you really should see it again to fully appreciate how much better the show is NOW.
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jj1960
Subject:Re: David Mamet's "RACE"
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Time:2009-12-08 01:58 am (UTC)
I really should proof-read before I post...the word should not be "mess", but "mesh".
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essaying
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Time:2009-11-22 05:04 pm (UTC)
I took a couple of acting classes last month (before I decided I couldn't hack the two-hour round trip to Corvallis), and one of the things that was emphasized was giving the previous speaker's words time to register before you start speaking. Rushed line readings have always struck me wrong, but now I understand why.
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yayhappens
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Time:2009-11-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
You're doing pretty awesome on this stuff so far. You can do it!



P.S. Happy birthday. I hope it's a wonderful day for you. :)
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bzero
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Time:2009-11-23 01:43 am (UTC)
Wow! Have fun on your trip, and happy birthday!
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