While some of the work of that era is now about as appealing as old gym socks, Mamet's still seems deep and real, always about genuine fault lines and seismic movement in human interactions. This play is about two men, one old, one young, and the passing of the torch. It's about theater as a sacrament. It's about the dailiness of life, the moments of poetry bookending toil and irritation. It's also funny and fast paced, and John Seibert's director's note in the program even provides a good orientation to Mamet's complex view of the world something you might otherwise miss, for Mamet is never particularly heavy handed with his messages.
A Life in the Theater continues its run at Performance Network through Sunday, June 11.
[Review published June 2006]