It's confirmed. David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" is joining Frederick Lonsdale's "Aren't We All" and Harold Pinter's "Old Times" to complete James M. Nederlander's first Los Angeles Playgoers Series. This three-play subscription event, produced by Elliot Martin, will keep the Fonda and Wilshire theaters aglow this fall.
"I came out looking for a theater for 'Glengarry,' " Martin explained Tuesday from New York. "Neither the Hartford (now the Doolittle) nor the Fonda had a subscription series, and I don't believe in exposing a play alone. When I mentioned this to Jimmy (Nederlander), he said, 'Well, put one together.' "
What Martin has put together is choice. All three productions have received a large share of acclaim. "Aren't We All" (at the Wilshire, beginning Oct. 22) brings us the stylish Claudette Colbert (co-starring with Rex Harrison) making her first and long-overdue Los Angeles stage appearance.
"Old Times" (at the Fonda, Oct. 29) will give us both Liv Ullmann and Harold Pinter (author turned actor) in their L.A. stage debuts. Mamet's play, starting at the Fonda Nov. 26, not only won the Pulitzer but also comes full-fledged from Broadway with Joe Mantegna, who snatched the Tony for Best Actor. Four-week runs are planned for all three plays, but "Glengarry," last on the schedule, could extend its run.