Thursday, November 26, 2009

An All Star cast plays in Mamet's Race on Broadway

Last Friday I had a chance to see David Mamet's Race at the Barrymore Theater. In Mr. Mamet's new play, he writes and directs this 4 character play about 2 partners in a law firm and their newly hired law school graduate that are supposed to defend a white man that is charged with raping a young black women.

In Race, we get the unique opportunity to see four popular actors- James Spader (Boston Legal) who partners with David Alan Grier ( In Living Color, A Soldier's Play) and their new law partner Susan, played by Kerry Washington (Save The Last Dance, Ray, Lift and many other film and television roles), as they are asked to defend Charles Strictland (played by Richard Thomas) in a case about rape.

Race takes place in a law office. The show is at times quite powerful as the law partners argue back and forth with each other about what they think really happened between their client and the black women with the sequined red dress one night. Jack Lawson, played by Mr. Spader, has asked his new protege Susan to become involved in the case as a means of teaching her what to look out for in determining their own client's possible guilt or innocence. It turns out that the new hire has a very strong opinion of her own.

Although I felt as though Richard Thomas's role could have had a somewhat larger part in the show, overall I would recommend that people consider buying tickets for Race this season. Ms. Washington's performance is quite capable as is Mr. Grier's and the many season's that Mr. Spader played Alan Shore in Boston Legal has indeed made it easy for him to bring across his "fiery" lawyer character in Race.

Race could possibly win the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play as the current Broadway season is half over. Superior Doughnuts, the other fairly popular play on Broadway this season, is possibly going to close early next year.

There are lots of people that enjoy legal television series and films. Just thinking about these folks alone makes me think that Race will have lots of interested ticket buyers lining up once the show officially opens to critics review on December 6, 2009.

If you are interested in possibly obtaining tickets for Race, may I suggest you consider a call to Applause Ticket Agency in New York City. Applause is a local ticket seller for all the Broadway Shows.

Right now, prior to the Race opening, Applause is offering top price orchestra seats for below the regular cost of the show. They can do this as they have an "insider's price" from the producer and simply pass on the savings to their customers. For people on a somewhat tighter budget, Applause can offer front mezzanine seats (which is where I sat in the theater) for even less money.

The insider's price is good for most performances of Race through December 23, 2009. Even though I anticipate that Race will garner good reviews from the critics, the current economic recession will probably still make it necessary for the show to offer these ticket deals even further into the future.

Here's Applause's contact information below. I hope you found this Broadway Ticket News blog helpful.

Applause Ticket Agency (NY State License #71AP1001029)
311 West 43rd Street, suite 601
NY,NY 10036
local phone 212-307-7050
toll free 800-451-9930

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