1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s very own all comedy theater company, will be presenting David Mamet’s Boston Marriage. The play is a period comedy, taking place in America in the late 19th century America. It tells the tale of Anna, Claire, and their Scottish maid, Catherine (played by Suzanne O’Donnell, Grace Gonglewski, and Caroline Dooner respectively).
Boston Marriage was highly praised upon its premieres in 1999 and 2002. The New York Times called the play, “Devastatingly funnyâ€¦exceptionally cleverâ€¦demonstrates anew (Mamet’s) technical virtuosity and flexibility.” The New York Post wrote, “Brilliantâ€¦One of Mamet’s most satisfying and accomplished plays and one of the funniest American comedies in years.” The Boston Phoenix added, “(Boston Marriage is) Wickedly, wittily entertainingâ€¦What makes the playâ€¦such brilliant fun is its marriage of glinting period artifice and contemporary frankness.” And The Boston Globe raved, “(Mamet’s characters) are at each other’s throats with a wit akin to characters out of Wilde and a vengeance not unlike those from Pinter, Edward Albee, or Mamet himself.â€
Well, when you have praise for a play like, it definitely becomes ‘must see’ theater in my book. Add to that the fact that every show I’ve seen at 1812 Productions has been excellent, and I’m sold (and so should you).
Boston Marriage runs from now through May 20th at Plays & Players Theatre, located at 1714 Delancey Street. Opening Night is this Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$36 and are available at 215.592.9560 or at www.1812productions.org. We’ll be there opening night, and hope to see you there too!