About The Book
David Mamet is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of such seminal plays of our time as Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Oleanna, and Speed-the-Plow. His A Life in the Theatre takes us into the lives of two actors: one young and rising into the first full flush of his success; the other older, anxious and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable, endlessly cyclical rhythm of the world.
“Though the work has serious undertones, it is, first of all, a comedy–and Mr. Mamet’s language glistens. His writing is a cross between the elegant and the vernacular, an ironic combination that is uniquely his own. . . . He is an eloquent master of two-part harmony. An abundantly gifted playwright; he brings new life to the theater.” –Mel Gussow, The New York Times