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Originally Published: May 28, 2016 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT – “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Mamet, is not for the faint of heart. It’s a rough, profane look at the world of real estate sales, through the eyes of a ruthless, yet eloquent agent, an older agent who is now on her way down the pyramid, and their co-workers and clients.
You read that correctly: Her. The entire cast is composed of women, instead of the traditional all-male cast.
IF YOU GO
“Glengarry Glen Ross,” directed by Rob White, is intended for mature audiences. See it June 2, 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and June 4 and 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for a $5 suggested donation. PCA’s Stage Too is accessible via the alley behind the PCA building on the northwest corner of Marina and Willis streets.
Prescott Center for the Arts is presenting “Glengarry Glen Ross” as a (nominal) reader’s theatre selection, directed by Rob White, on Stage Too.
Reader’s theatre is typically done without costumes or special lighting, and in which the actors read from scripts, using their voices to convey the parts, but White wanted to add to the environment.
“We just kind of shake it up a little bit,” he said. “We’re definitely reading from the books, but it’s really neat” using set pieces and props. “I told (the cast) that at the auditions, too. I said, ‘I do things a little bit differently with reader’s theatre. I’m going to have desks… and you’re going to be moving around.’”
It’s a challenge for the actors, said Trudy Giblin, who plays Shelly Levene, pointing out that the actors carry the script along with various props. “It’s different from any reader’s theatre I’ve done before. But it’s kind of a nice in-between thing – it’s not strict reader’s theatre and it’s not a strict theatrical production. It’s a little bit of both,” she said.
“I thought it was funny, because I understood it to be an all-male cast, but they were having auditions, and they didn’t say, ‘Don’t come if you’re a girl,’ so I went ahead and read for the part, and I didn’t know anything about the show at all,” said Ali Cassidy (Vicki Roma). “But I had a great time.”
“It really works,” White said, with a smile.
See the full review of “Glengarry Glen Ross” in Friday’s Kudos.
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