Speed-the-Plow | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

David Mamet's realistic, swiftly paced, syncopated dialogue is one of the pure pleasures of his work. And that's just where Steven M. Roseman's staging of this Hollywood satire for Theater O Th Absurd goes wrong. Instead of jumping on each other's sentences, Django as a Hollywood production head and Adam Glen as the yes-man who brings him a surefire hit add agonizing pauses between their phrases. Not one of Mamet's most sure-footed works, Speed-the-Plow is undone by this kind of delivery and by the actors' limited characterizations. Only Jolene Turner as the kittenish office temp, who seems to offer an alternative vision of filmmaking, gets the pace and style right. Opens Thu 6/1, 8 PM. Through 7/1: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 4 PM, Wed 6/28, 8 PM, Side Studio, 1520 W. Jarvis, 773-419-5001 or 877-505-6299, $12-$16, $20 Sat 6/24 (includes postshow reception), industry show Wed 6/28.

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