Twenty years ago,
Pacino is back in Mamet-land this season in the new Broadway revival of "Glengarry," which opened Saturday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. This time around, he is playing the role of Shelley Levene, the play's senior shyster who wants to prove that he can still swim with the sharks.
"Glengarry," directed by Daniel Sullivan, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for its unusually long preview period. The production was originally scheduled to open Nov. 11, but was delayed for nearly a month more. Producers blamed
The delay led to speculation that this "Glengarry" is in trouble, or at least has problems that still need working out. Bloomberg decided to break the critics' embargo by running an early review of the production.
Mamet's "The Anarchist," a new play that opened earlier this month, has posted an early closing notice following tepid reviews.
The "Glengarry" ensemble cast includes
How have critics reacted to "Glengarry"? Considering that audiences have been paying as much as $377 for the best seats, will it make any difference?
Charles McNulty of the
Ben Brantley of the
The Associated Press' Mark Kennedy found more to like, writing that "Sullivan and his first-rate cast plumb the play for its humor, so often lost amid the darkness and paranoia others have chosen to tease out." Pacino "is Pacino," but Cannavale is "first-rate."
David Rooney of the
Variety's Marilyn Stasio described Cannavale as "dream casting for Ricky. Hair all slicked back and strutting around in the flash suits and loud shirts designed by Jess Goldstein, he blows through Mamet's brilliantly filthy language like a gale force wind." But overall, the production lacks a "consistent acting style."