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November
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by David Mamet

COMPANY : The Process Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta on Ponce [WEBSITE]
ID# 4956

SHOWING : September 16, 2016 - October 09, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Ever wonder what the world would be like if someone like Trump had won the presidency in 2008 instead of Obama? Then you are going to love the hilarious comedy "November."

It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, "November" is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. "At once a barbarian, a bully, and an idiot (‘I always felt that I’d do something memorable-I just assumed it’d be getting impeached,’ Charles says).


CAST & CREW LIST
Director DeWayne Morgan
Archer Adam Bailey
Bernstein Amanda Cucher
Charles Smith Larry Davis
Dwight Grackle Al Dollar
Turkey Guy Scott F. Rousseau
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SNL + the F word x 2 hours = ?
by playgoer
Sunday, September 18, 2016
3.0
David Mamet’s "November" is a dated play, taking place in the time period when gay marriage was legal only in Massachusetts. Its premise is that there’s a clueless and corrupt president whose fund-raising committee has abandoned him as he seeks a second term and which doesn’t even have money set aside for a post-term presidential library. The president attempts to blackmail a turkey lobbyist to raise funds, while at the same time being blackmailed morally by his lesbian speechwriter. It’s a comedy.

The set-up is that of a skit, and there is no character development in the play. The president (Larry Davis) fulminates and blusters and swears a blue streak from start to end. His lawyer (Adam Bailey) counsels him and coddles him, and his sleep-deprived, flu-suffering speechwriter (Barbara Cole Uterhardt in the performance I attended; Amanda Cucher normally) waits and writes and argues and acquiesces. The turkey lobbyist (Scott F. Rousseau) comes in periodically, and an Indian chief (Al Dollar) makes a late entrance to precipitate the farcical ending. There are lots of laugh-out-loud lines.

Barry N. West’s set is a lovely representation of the Oval Office, with a presidential seal on the floor, flanked by a couple of sofas, and a presidential desk and U.S. flag up center. Nancye Quarles Hilley’s costumes look good, although Mr. Davis’ jacket seemed to have a split seam where a gusset should be. Harley Gould’s lighting design has the common problem at OnStage Atlanta of uneven lighting across the stage, with a dim spot center left that is continually passed through in the second act. Jarrett Heatherly’s sound design is adequate for most of the many phone rings, but execution of musical interludes was pretty messy at the performance I attended.

DeWayne Morgan has done a great job of directing, giving Mr. Davis lots of vocal levels to play, all to comic effect, and inspiring his other actors to react in comically appropriate ways. This is more an extended skit than a full-fledged play, but it’s played in an agreeable fashion (other than the four-letter words) and will no doubt give pleasure to many audience members. Did I mention that it’s a comedy? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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