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David Mamet’s ‘The Anarchist’ closing on Broadway Dec. 16

By Daniel S Levine,

Playwright David Mamet’s latest work, The Antichrist, flopped on Broadway and is set to close two weeks after its premiere on Sunday night.

Mamet wrote and directed the play, which starred Patti LuPone and Debra Winger and focused on a left-wing radical and her prison warden. The John Golden Theatre said late Tuesday that the play will close on Sunday, Dec. 16, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The 70-minute Antichrist was bashed by critics. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley noted that it “...is not lurid, spark filled or even expletive laden. Anarchist exists on the peaks of a philosophical Olympus where ideas on eschatology, etymology, phenomenology and, yes, criminology are exchanged by intellectual (if not moral) equals.”

It earned a D from StageGrade, a review aggregator for Broadway.

The NY Times notes that the play had 23 previews and will have completed just 17 performances when it closes.

A revival of Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross is currently in extended previews at the Schoenfeld Theater and will have its official opening this weekend. Al Pacino stars in the production.

Mamet’s last new play was 2010’s Race, which had a solid 297 performances before it closed.

 
 

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