A Life In The Theatre Broadway

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theater

236 W. 45th Street

90 Minutes No Intermission

October 12, 2010 (Closing January 2, 2011)

Broadway Play (Comedy)

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Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue & Wed 7pm
Thu through Sat 8pm

David Mamet's A Life In The Theatre Broadway launching previews on September 21st, 2010 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre located at 236 W. 45th St. The show will run a limited engagement of 15 weeks, officially opening on Tuesday, October 12th with the final curtain being drawn on January 2nd, 2011. The story is based on, or perhaps rather inspired by the popular playwrights own experiences early in his theater career. It is a two character comedy which showcases the Pulitzer Prize winner's (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1984) unique style of writing dialogue, which has become admired by critics of the stage, screen and literature.

History Of The Work

David Mamet's 1977 comedic play was originally produced in the U.S. for Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The show had its first performance in February 1977, directed by Gregory Mosher. It was revived at the "Goodman" in March 2006 by Robert Falls. The play had a duo of off-Broadway runs at the Theatre De Lys from October 1977 through July 1978 and the Jewish Repertory Theatre from February 1992 through March 1992. The most notable recent production ran at London's Apollo Theatre in 2005 and starred Patrick Stewart as Robert. The success of the London production paved the way for the debut of A Life In The Theatre Broadway.

The Story

The Broadway production brings Olivier Award winner Patrick Stewart back as Robert and Emmy Award nominee T.R. Knight in the role of John. The story is inspired from Mamet's "20's something starting out" period in theater as a young actor. It provides a funny and theatrical glance into the joys and snags in the life of a thespian. The play takes the viewers backstage to witness what truly occurs as the two actors battle through productions, craving the spotlight as well as the dressing room.

The story centers on the association between the two stage actors Robert (Stewart) and John (Knight). Robert is an older veteran actor of the stage with seemingly great wisdom and experience under his belt. John is a young up-and-coming actor, brimming with life and desiring to comprehend all he can. At the start of the relationship John looks up to Robert. He admires him as a mentor. The story continues as the two thespians work together through different shows, but their relationship gradually changes. John begins to discover flaws in the elder actors work as both a teacher of the arts and within his performances. As time goes on the relationship turns as John emerges as a mature actor. The play is both hilarious and heartfelt, Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight are both delightful, dazzling and provide a thrilling joyride throughout. A Life In The Theatre Broadway is sure to be a comedic backstage smash at the box office.

Don't miss your chance to catch the amazing writing style of Mamet along with the wonderful talent of these two fantastic actors. This Broadway premiere is directed by Neil Pepe. He also directed the popular Broadway revival of Mamet's Speed-The-Plow which ran the last season. Tickets are on sale now through the box office and running between $76.50 and $121.50. You can view our great selection of A Life In The Theatre Broadway Tickets online by clicking the link.

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