This weekend finds me in New York City. I decided to treat myself to a Broadway show. After reading the reviews, I saw there's a new play by one of my favorite writers, David Mamet.
November describes 2 days in the last week of a corrupt president, about to lose his re-election. As his aide informs him in the first minute, he's losing because he fu*ked everyone up.
And it gets even better from there. As the list of parallels between the fictional president and a string of real ones becomes evident, we learn this president is not even bothering to hide his personal agenda anymore. I haven't had this much fun in an hour and a half in a long time.
Mamet's dialog is amazingly funny, intelligent and current. Nathan Lane as the president and Dylan Baker as his aide do an excellent job, and the expressions on their faces are priceless.
I managed to score an orchestra level ticket (2nd row) so I got to see the actors up close. (You can get the same at the day of the show at TKTS on 46th st. and 7th Avenue (beware! - cash only)).
At the end of the show, after a well-deserved standing ovation, the actors stepped to the front of the stage and held an impromptu auction of signed material (benefiting an AIDS foundation), It was as funny as the play - Nathan Lane doesn't need a script to be funny.