Summary: In The Old Neighborhood David Mamet confirms his stature as a master of the American stage, a writer who can turn the most innocuous phrase into a lit fuse and a family reunion into a perfectly orchestrated firestorm of sympathy, yearning, and blistering authentic rage.
In these three short plays, a middle-aged Bobby Gould returns to the old-neighborhood in a series of encounters with his past that, however briefly, open windows on his present. In ''The Dis ...show moreappearance of the Jews,'' Bobby and an old buddy fantasize about finding themselves in a nostalgic shtetl paradise while revealing how lost they are in their own families. In the comfort of her kitchen, Bobby's sister ''Jolly'' unscrolls a list of childhood grievances that is at nice painful and hilarious. And the old girlfriend in ''Deeny,'' faced with a man she once loved, finds herself obsessively free-associating on gardening, sex, and subatomic particles. Swerving from comedy to terror, from tenderness to anguish-with a swiftness that unsettles even as it strikes home-The Old Neighborhood is classic Mamet. ...show less