|Following a string of successful comedies,
Off the Wall Theatre kicked off the second half of our 2013-14 season with
David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross — a hard-hitting portrayal
of cutthroat office politics — through sharp dialogue and strong social
The 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Glengarry follows the lives of four small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen grinding out a living by pushing overpriced, undesirable plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Company big wigs Mitch and Murray declare a month-long 'sales contest'. The top salesman wins a new Cadillac and the bottom two men lose it all — egos, money and their jobs. The four salesmen sweet-talk, plan, and scheme for the perfect client and the hot 'Glengarry' leads, which Mitch and Murray make clear are for 'closers' only. How far will the four go to get to the leads in order to schedule a 'sit' at the perfect victim's residence?
Glengarry is partly informed by the playwright's experiences working in a male-dominated Chicago real estate office in the late 1960s and contains the playwright's trademark staccato and rough language. Many prestigious awards and a 1992 film adaptation by Mamet solidified Glengarry's place as one of the great masterpieces of 20th century drama. Many feel Glengarry is Mamet at his best — writing with brute force — and may be more pertinent now as when it originally opened.
To bring this thrilling show to life, director
C Welter brought singer new faces to our stage. Michael Pocaro
played Shelly "The Machine" Levene, an older, once thriving salesman who
has fallen on difficult times. Top salesman Ricky Roma was played by Jeremy
C Welter. OTW regular Robert Hirschi portrayed George Aaronow,
who lacks confidence in his sales skills. Mark Neufang appeared
as John Williamson, the office manager, who the salesmen hate but need.
Joe Krapf play\ed Dave Moss, an angry loud mouth, and Michael
Pikuleff portrayed James Lingk, a timid man who becomes Roma's client.
Baylen, played by Dale Gutzman, is a police officer investigating
an office break-in that drives the plot. As usual, our multiple purpose
set was designed by technical director David
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