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The New York Times calls David Mamet “one of the few living American playwrights whose names have sexy marquee appeal.” And with good reason. The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning mind behind Glengarry Glen Ross has influenced a generation of writers (and teens trying out swears for the first time) with his meticulous characterization and punchy, acid-spitting dialogue—lovingly referred to as “Mamet Speak.” But in the same way that it takes a talented musician to truly breathe life into a Bach concerto, it takes a gifted actor to pull off the darkly comedic tough-guy that Mamet loves to deal in.
Enter Al Pacino.
Declared a “bona fide genius” by the Times, the star of The Godfather and Serpico has teamed up with Mamet for works on both stage and screen, most recently earning an Emmy nomination for his role in the Mamet-penned Phil Spector. In China Doll, Pacino is given the opportunity to demonstrate why he’s won not only Emmys, Golden Globes, and an Academy Award, but two Tonys as well. Alone onstage with his personal assistant, played by Christopher Denham (Argo), Pacino inhabits the role of Mickey Ross, an obscenely rich magnate who has made his millions through shady means—and has no desire to slow down. Ross has just purchased a private plane, which he’d planned to fly to Toronto to pick up his young fiancé. Problem is, the plane has been impounded. Through conversations on his Bluetooth headset, the audience slowly learns just how far up Ross’s web of influence goes—and just how many people have reason to try and bring him down.