Writing in Restaurants

Writing in Restaurants

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140089813
  • 176 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Temporarily putting aside his role as playwright, director, and screen-writer, David Mamet digs deep and delivers thirty outrageously diverse vignettes. On subjects ranging from the vanishing American pool hall, family vacations, and the art of being a bitch, to the role of today’s actor, his celebrated contemporaries and predecessors, and his undying commitment to the theater, David Mamet’s concise style, lean dialogue, and gut-wrenching honesty give us a unique view of the world as he sees it.
Writing in Restaurants

Writing in Restaurants

David Mamet

Praise

“Essays in direct line from Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Shaw, and Brecht”
—Mike Nichols

Writing in Restaurants is rich with anecdotes . . . composed in precise mellifluous language.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Passion, clarity, commitment, intelligence—just what one would expect from Mamet”
—Sidney Lumet

“Graceful, forceful, hortatory essays of a profoundly moral writer of our time”
—Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I. Writing in Restaurants
Capture-the-Flag, Monotheism, and the Techniques of Arbitration
A National Dream-Life
Radio Drama
A Tradition of the Theater as Art
First Principles
Stanislavsky and the American Bicentennial
An Unhappy Family
Some Thoughts on Writing in Restaurants

II. Exuvial Magic
Exuvial Magic: An Essay Concerning Fashion
True Stories of Bitches
Notes for a Catalog for Raymond Saunders
Decadence
A Family Vacation
Semantic Chickens
Chicago
On Paul Ickovic’s Photographs
A Playwright in Hollywood
Oscars
Pool Halls
Things I Have Learned Playing Poker on the Hill

III. Life in the Theater
Epitaph for Tennessee Williams
Regarding A Life in the Theater
Concerning The Water Engine
Decay: Some Thoughts for Actors, Theodore Spencer Memorial Lecture, Harvard, February 10, 1986
Notes on The Cherry Orchard
Acting
Realism
Against Amplification
Address to the American Theater Critics Convention at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 25, 1978
Observations of a Backstage Wife

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