David Mamet

'Anarchist's' artful words don't make satisfying drama

'Anarchist's' artful words don't make satisfying drama

“Words not meant to misdirect are wasted,” says one of the combatants in “The Anarchist,” and at certain levels that might describe the whole thing.

David Mamet’s 2012 provocation is at its heart an extended ideological dialectic, with a deliberately oblique outcome. Still, in the expert hands of Felicity Huffman and Rebecca Pidgeon, it certainly keeps us listening, watching and guessing.

Thirty-five years ago, Cathy (Huffman) was part of a Weather Underground-esque radical enclave and killed two policemen, for which she was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Her case comes under review again by Ann (Pidgeon), who leaves her post after this interview and to whom Cathy...

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