reviewed by Paula Citron
Glengarry Glen Ross
Written by David Mamet
Directed by David Storch
Starring Eric Peterson, Albert Schultz, Jordan Pettle, Peter Donaldson, William Webster, Kevin Bundy and Stephen Guy-McGrath
At the Young Centre until May 9.
David Mamet’s 1984 Glengarry Glen Ross takes the audience into the ruthless, competitive, foul-mouthed, racist world of development real estate. The Chicago firm of Glengarry Glen Ross sells investment units in places like Florida. Everything depends on the all-important leads – those possible patsies who will shell out money for the land. It is a risky, cut-throat business.
The Soulpepper all-male cast features strong actors, and while they all cope with Mamet’s Pinteresque language fragments very-well – as spoken by the likes of Peter Donaldson, William Webster and Kevin Bundy, it seems foreign – like these wonderful performers are slumming. Absolutely riveting is Eric Peterson, followed by Albert Schultz and Jordan Pettle.
Nonetheless, director David Storch’s production finds the tension, and it is enjoyable to see the usually refined cast members cut loose. It’s a dirty world and they revel in it. Peterson’s brilliant performance alone is worth the price of admission.
Glengarry Glen Ross continues at the Young Centre until May 9.