Speed-the-Plow (1988)

Speed-the-Plow Speed-the-Plow's Broadway run is the most recent triumph of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's astonishingly productive career.

"A brilliant black comedy, a dazzling dissection of Hollywood cupidity and another tone poem by our foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy.... On its deepest level it belongs with the darker disclosures of movie-biz pathology like Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon. In a sense Speed-the-Plow distills all of these to a stark quintessence: there's hardly a line in it that isn't somehow insanely funny or scarily insane.... [It is a] scathingly comic play." - Jack Kroll, Newsweek

"Speed-the-Plow is the deftest and funniest of Mamet's works. His ear for language has never been more certain or more subtle...." - Robert Brustein, The New Republic

"Crammed with wonderful, dazzling, brilliant lines like a plum pudding with fruit, like a gagbook with jokes. A harvest of riches. Mamet here is so damned entertaining - I laughed and laughed." - Clive Barnes, New York Post

DAVID MAMET is also the author of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and many other successful stage works. Among his credits as a screenwriter are The Untouchables, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict (nominated for an Oscar), and House of Games, which Mamet also directed.

Copyright © 1985, 1986, 1987 by David Mamet
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Published by Grove Weidenfeld
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841 Broadway
New York, NY 10003-4793

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