^ I agree, a very dumb strapline getting a deserved response.
I'm not sure what to make of the bulk of the above discussion. While my instincts tell me not to dive into pre-production judgements I'm inclined to agree that most of us will anyway, plus it's what we all do when deciding whether to see anything at all.
Don't know about the Edinburgh Fringe and the "point" of plays being dragged into it though!
Full Company announced. Nothing interesting to add to the previously announced casting except Matthew Pidgeon is in it. Matthew also happens to be Mamet's brother in law.
Joining the previously announced John Malkovich as Barney Fein, Doon Mackichan as Sondra and Ioanna Kimbrook as Yung Kim Li are: Alexander Arnold as Roberto, Teddy Kempner as Doctor Wald, Matthew Pidgeon as The Writer and Zephryn Taitte as Charles Arthur Brown
My issue with the play is that it probably wasn't written when it was pitched and booked. Mamet's plays for the last decade have been typing exercises rather than the well thought out, tightly constructed and intellectually stimulating plays of the past. Is it good? Will it be provocative? Who knows? But having been taken for lots of money over the past decade on crap plays - Romance, The Anarchist, etc. I'm done. Until of course I read the notices and find myself in front of the Garrick hoping for a day seat.
All this pre judgment and attack on the piece's integrity and artistic validity without actually seeing it is ridiculous. Go and see it and make up your mind. Or read the reviews after press night and decide if it's something you would want to see. It might be utter crap, offensive etc but it also just *might* have something to say about very troubling issues, albeit from a male perspective, and be thought provoking and engender discussion.