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Friday, 12 March 2010

Theatre - Glengarry Glen Ross - Library Theatre

Star rating – 8/10

If you judge a play by its running time then this one would be average. But on the other hand if you judged it by it’s word count this one would come out firmly on top. David Marnet’s Glengarry Glen Ross is one of the productions in the final series of plays at the Library Theatre in its current home. And this one definitely contributes to a sizzling finale.

It is the story of four Chicago real estate salesman who have been told by head office that whoever tops this month’s sales chart drives home a new Cadillac. The runner-up gets a set of steak knives, and the other two get the sack.

Richard Dormer shines as Richard Roma, leading the hard nosed contest and the top salesman in the town. David Fleeshman plays Shelly Levene, who can still talk as fast as the best of them, but his results have been distinctly lacking of late.

The talk is rough and ready, and both very funny, and very poignant in turns. This play exposes the shallow nature of the competitive edge of the capitalist system at the sharp end of the action. This is a very entertaining and thought provoking night out – and highly recommended.

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