With two productions running on Broadway this fall, David Mamet is once again the talk of New York theater. And talk is the operative word for his new play, "The Anarchist," starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger. This 75-minute, two-character drama is by all reports a dense, loquacious conversation that could prove challenging for most audiences.
"The Anarchist," which opened Sunday at the John Golden Theatre, consists entirely of an extended dialogue between a longtime incarcerated leftist radical (LuPone) and the prison official (Winger) who will determine her fate.
Mamet has directed his own play, as he did with his previous drama "Race," in 2009. This week also will see a new revival of Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," starring Al Pacino, opening Saturday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
LuPone has worked with the playwright on numerous occasions, including the plays "The Old Neighborhood" and "The Woods" as well as the movies "Heist" and "State and Main." Winger makes her Broadway debut in the play, but she is no stage neophyte. She appeared in a production of Chekhov's "Ivanov" at American Repertory Theatre in 1999.