- Threshold Repertory Theatre’s Boston Marriage
- When: January 24–February 16
- Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $14 for one general-admission ticket (up to a $20 value)
- $26 for two general-admission tickets (up to a $40 value)<p>
Playwright David Mamet earned his reputation and a Pulitzer Prize with acerbic, tough-guy-infested dark comedies such as Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo. So perhaps it seemed out of character when, in 2002, he debuted a new play that opens with two Victorian ladies of leisure discussing home decor and jewelry, uninterrupted by a single burglar saying bad words. But although Boston Marriage’s cast is all-female and the setting genteel, Mamet’s trademark cynical view of the way that human relations shade into mutual exploitation is still on full display—albeit ornamented with bon mots that wouldn’t feel out of place in Oscar Wilde.
Its leading ladies, Anna and Claire, are former lovers and current companions in sparring and scheming. Their current predicament? Anna is the unenthusiastic mistress of a married rich man, while Claire has fallen for the daughter of that very same philanderer. As the plot unfolds and twists, the primary pleasure may simply be listening to these two artists of high irony talk—to each other and to Anna’s put-upon Scottish maid Catherine—while reveling in their own vaudevillian wit.<p>
Threshold Repertory Theatre
“Threshold creates huge musicals in a little theater,” read the headline of a recent Charleston City Paper profile of Threshold Repertory Theatre. Audiences will recognize many of the works the company performs from Broadway and beyond, but in its 100-seat black-box theater, even the splashiest showpieces take on new intimacy. “What happens in this space is that the audience seriously begins to blend with the story,” artistic director Pamela Nichols Galle told the City Paper. Threshold also facilitates that blending with a unique program of theater luncheons, which give patrons direct access to the brains and talents of directors, playwrights, and actors. Before or after a show, guests can get into the theatrical spirit by pretending to drink beer and wine and eat snacks from the box office’s concession stand.