Female Trouble

David Mamet has been rather widely referred to as a misogynist, and Theatre Artists Studio has set out to consider the question. With David Mamet -- Mothers, Daughters and Other Loves?, a festival of scenes and monologues from Mamet’s plays, the company places a spotlight on Mamet’s complex, lovingly crafted women.

Among the plays from which scenes will be performed are Oleanna, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Dark Pony, and Reunion. A monologue selected from Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood is so long that three actresses will perform it. Mamet’s short-shorts aren’t overlooked here; a two-pager titled Australia, from a lesser-known series of plays called No One Will Be Immune, is also included.

“We do the Great Playwrights Series to give members a chance to perform work they wouldn’t normally get a chance to perform,” says TAS’ Julie Lee. “And to get more people exposed to the writings of these playwrights. We’ve done Albee, Becket, and Shakespeare, among others, in the past.”

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 20. Continues through Aug. 30, 2009


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