Saturday, 17 November 2012

Theatre review: Glengarry Glen Ross.

Theatre review: Glengarry Glen Ross. 
By Claire Henderson
Saturday 17 November 2012  

CLWYD Theatr Cymru’s newest production, Glengarry Glen Ross, is an adaption of the 1984 play, written by David Mamet, which was made into a film in 1992 staring Al Pacino and other well-known actors.  

It shows the viewers from the very beginning, a dog-eat-dog world, full of pressure and standards, with men who will do anything, even lie and steal to get to the top and make a fast buck.  

Act one opens, two men sitting in a Chinese restaurant at a banquet table having a heated conversation. Sales man, Levegne (David Shaw-Parker) on the decline tries everything he can, even bribery, to get his colleague Williamson (Sion Pritchard) to give him better sales leads.  

Each of the salesmen are revealed within this slow revolving banquette table. Two characters at a time act out a dialogue, giving the audience insight to each of them and what they would do to get to the top.  

After the interval, we are return to a new set. Papers strewn across the floor and the phones are gone. A robbery has happened and the salesmen must face Police Officer Baylen (Kai Owen). But who burgled the office? And how did Levegne get his selling skills back? 

Money for themselves is all that matters, with no consideration for the buyers who may not be able to afford the house they were persuaded to buy. A buyer who has gotten cold feet over the three-day cool-off period has changed his mind, and the guys will do anything to change his mind back. 

Glengarry Glen Ross is very in your face, with shouting and strong language. If you are easily offended this play is not for you. On the other hand, you will be entertained, with a little humour here and there and great acting; it isn’t all doom and gloom.

Cast board at Theatre Clwdy.

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