David Mamet’s written dozens of plays, making him a leading light of American theater in the ’80s (he’s slowed down a bit since). Those who remember him predominantly for his mastery of profanity, especially in Glengarry Glen Ross, are not off track -- Mamet’s natural-sounding dialogue, including liberal cussing, is definitely one of his strengths as a writer.
Catch Mamet’s usual men behaving badly in Theatre Artists Studio’s production of Speed-the- Plow, which pits a naive temp secretary against two jaded Hollywood insiders. It originally featured Madonna as Karen, then Alicia Silverstone in a 2006 L.A. revival, and currently Lindsay Lohan in London. (We know -- but she’s getting good reviews.) Skip the stunt casting (and the airfare) at the Studio’s opening night, Friday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m., at 4848 East Cactus Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10 to $20 at www.thestudiophx.org or 602-765-0120 for performances through Sunday, November 2.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 17. Continues through Nov. 1, 2014