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Review: Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' crackles

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2012 at 10:02 am •  Published: December 10, 2012
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The rest of the cast is first-rate: Richard Schiff, who played fidgety Toby Ziegler on "The West Wing," is hysterical as the clueless George Aaronow; David Harbour, of "The Coast of Utopia," is lovely as the crumbling office manager; John C. McGinley, the abrasive senior doctor on "Scrubs," is wonderfully manipulative as Dave Moss; and Jeremy Shamos, who got a Tony Award nomination for "Clybourne Park," is heartbreaking as a weak-willed customer.

It falls to Bobby Cannavale from "The Motherf----- With the Hat" to become the gravitational force holding the scenes together and he steps up with a first-rate Richard Roma, a role played by Pacino in a film version. Cannavale is perfectly cast — a snarling good-looking, swaggering actor who can also be a goodfella, a nice listener if you've got a problem.

He reels in Shamos' character in the first act with such slick bravado that it's no wonder checkbooks open around town. In Act 2, Cannavale's slick-backed cool — "let's talk about you" — is dropped as his Roma rails against the office manager and the police officer investigating a break-in at the office.

Mamet is back — but maybe not the way he wanted. "Glengarry Glen Ross" is a reminder of his potential. His present languid, overly intellectual work, will, to steal a phrase from this old show, "always be closing."

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