'The Anarchist' by David Mamet coming to L.A. with Felicity Huffman

'The Anarchist' by David Mamet coming to L.A. with Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman will perform in David Mamet's two-character play "The Anarchist" at Theatre Asylum along with Rebecca Pidgeon. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Maybe out of the glare of the Broadway spotlight "The Anarchist" will finally find its audience.

David Mamet's two-character play, which had a notoriously brief run on Broadway in 2012,  will receive a staging in Los Angeles with two actresses who are closely associated with the famed playwright: Felicity Huffman and Rebecca Pidgeon.


Organizers said the play will open April 24 for a month-long run at Theatre Asylum, a small space in the heart of Hollywood's Theatre Row district. Huffman will play the role of Cathy, a political radical and longtime prison inmate, who engages in a philosophical debate of sorts with a prison official (Pidgeon).

The roles were played on Broadway by Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, respectively.

Huffman has acted in a number of Mamet's plays, including "November" at the Mark Taper Forum two years ago. Pidgeon is married to the playwright and has also appeared in many of his projects.

"The Anarchist," which runs just 70 minutes, received harsh reviews when it opened in New York at the John Golden Theatre, with many critics complaining that the dialogue was abstruse and overly theoretical.

The production, which Mamet himself directed, closed a little more than two weeks after opening. (The L.A. run will be staged by Marja-Lewis Ryan.) The Broadway failure was seen as a setback for the playwright, whose earlier works like "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Oleanna" are frequently revived.

"The Anarchist" is scheduled to begin preview performances at Theatre Asylum on April 16. The run is set to conclude May 23.

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