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THE ANARCHIST to Close on Broadway December 16
Posted by Rob 2012-12-04 21:37:14





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Posted by willep 2012-12-04 21:40:28


Man, there aren't going to be any shows left for the January slaughter.

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Posted by showchoirguy 2012-12-04 21:41:16


Oh... alright.

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Posted by Franciouqu 2012-12-04 21:41:50


Why did Patti just say no.

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Posted by wicked1492 2012-12-04 21:44:18


Preparing for the End, kids.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-12-04 22:14:48


It's not surprising, but baffling.

This play lay on that stage like a dead fish washed onto the beach.

This had to be clear just by reading it.

How could two dynamic actresses have consented to do it? Did they actually think that a) this was theatrically viable, and b) that this would succeed with the public?

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Posted by Roomba 2012-12-04 22:19:15


It was in fact pretty awful. Patti gave it her damndest but couldn't save this awfully tedious play.

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Posted by Vespertine1228 2012-12-04 22:29:05


Even if it got rave reviews, I imagine many audience members would feel cheated spending top Broadway dollar for a play that's barely over an hour long. Kind of ridiculous if you ask me.

Maybe they should've made it a two-act evening and paired it with another, older Mamet piece.

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Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-12-04 22:37:15


What did the little kid on Animaniacs used to say? "Ok I love you, bye bye"?

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Posted by ljay889 2012-12-04 22:45:42


Ugh. I had an audience reward ticket for January. I know it's not a good play, but I don't want to miss Patti in a straight play.

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Posted by Deena Jones 2012-12-04 22:46:56


Ghost should have stayed open!

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-12-04 22:49:16


Deena Jones , wash your mouth out! Words like that should never been used in public.

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Posted by someone.else's.story2 2012-12-04 22:54:08


Broadway-1
Mamet-0

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Posted by SondheimFan5 2012-12-04 23:05:12


Soon to be Broadway-2, Mamet-0, once the Glengarry reviews come out. (Not that the reviews will stop Glengarry at all).

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Posted by Borstalboy 2012-12-04 23:26:40


Here's hoping Lupone, Winger, and Mamet all come back soon with renewed vigor. A plotz like this should be a good motivator.

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Posted by everythingtaboo 2012-12-04 23:27:03


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Posted by Mr Roxy 2012-12-04 23:35:13


They are dropping llike flies. Three announced in ! Week. Sad about Chaplin.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-12-04 23:58:32


Poop.

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Posted by muscle23ftl 2012-12-05 00:36:07


This shows that Patti Lupone doesn't sell tix.

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2012-12-05 00:41:10


^Not really, seeing as she's known primarily for her work in musicals.

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Posted by qolbinau 2012-12-05 00:53:31


Also the reviews were awful. Her GYPSY, even though it closed early and wasn't exactly a gold mine shows that she can still sell some tickets (particularly considering it was so close to the last revival).....plus the Patti/Mandy run sold a few tickets despite being awful. She doesn't have movie-star power, but I feel her name still means something. She just needs the right vehicle.

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Posted by bobs3 2012-12-05 01:00:53


Haven't seen it and I probably won't (even though I generally like Mamet) after reading the reviews.

I find it surprising that Debra Winger would choose to make her Broadway debut in this play.

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Posted by egghumor 2012-12-05 01:31:17


National Tour:

Joan Collins as Cathy and Linda Evans as Ann

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Posted by Caring Soul 2012-12-05 01:55:01


So the angry and hateful neocon has a flop. Pity.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-12-05 02:02:35


Some actresses are not as smart as we might want them to be.
Or playwrights too,

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-05 07:59:14


All those poor actors that will be out of work.

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Posted by EponineAmneris 2012-12-05 08:33:27


It's a good thing I'm coming to the City before this closes

I'd pay top dollar to see Patti read the phone book!

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Posted by After Eight 2012-12-05 08:42:28


"I'd pay top dollar to see Patti read the phone book!"

That would be more interesting than this play.

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Posted by jdrye222 2012-12-05 11:35:13


Wish BWW had a "like" button.... Jordan's comment about poor actors is perfect.

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Posted by henrikegerman 2012-12-05 11:39:15


Feingold had an interesting review today. He thought the play was respectable, liked both Lupone and Winger well enough, but thought Mamet left himself down with the direction; he seemed to think that future productions could show the text much better.

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Posted by SondheimFan5 2012-12-05 12:08:44


Can someone PLEASE explain why the Playbill lists 3 casting directors (whose sole job was to cast only 1 standby.) Is this common? I know LuPone and Winger were both offered their roles.

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Posted by 751guy 2012-12-05 12:37:48


Whenever a show closes early, lots of people are out of work, not just the actors, but then again, it's probably easier to be catty and cavalier about a show closing than having sensitivity about all those without paychecks, being out of work over the holidays. Jeez... aren't we all wonderful human beings?

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-05 13:55:21


Oh shut up. And shut up to anyone who cries about a show closing and everyone who will now be standing on the street and begging for a crust of bread. This is the life everyone in theater chose, knowing full well why comes along with it. If you want stability, get a government job. But I refuse to not be happy when a crappy show closes and makes way for another, hopefully better, show that will in fact employ an entirely different set of people. So in a sense, if one show never closes than a whole other set of people are being denied employment. WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE OVER THAT?????

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-12-05 14:03:02



Guys, look at this picture I found online of Patti Lupone and Debra Winger. It will be taken December 17th.




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Posted by Jimbob2 2012-12-05 17:07:32


Hmm, now what was that you were saying Patti? Paraphrased: 'ALW doesn't edit, you MUST edit, David Mamet EDITS!'.

Oh dear, now the lady's paying. (Now that didn't hurt, did it?)

[Okay, okay, I know I'm a bitch hee hee]

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Posted by 751guy 2012-12-05 18:21:31


Yo, boy!
Shut up???!!! LOL

Oh, girl... it must be such a burden going thru life with such a small... one, always railing against people and acting like an ass. I now know who you are... you're the guy who's always sitting in front of me (you having paid, me with a comp) who has the head shaped like a penis and people keeping referring to you as 'Nick.' But this is your kingdom, little one, where you get to act like a theatre genuis and make snarky remarks, always trying to prove to everyone how clever you are. Well, you're not... and what's most sad is that you think it's perfectly appropriate and acceptable to behave this way. When the truth is this is exactly why you don't work in this business and can only watch from the outside. Feels good feeling so inferior when it's nothing more than the size of... well, you know.

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Posted by frogs_fan85 2012-12-05 18:24:06


Damn Jordan you really pissed off that box office treasurer.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-05 19:19:01


I read that four times before realizing you were referring to me since absolutely nothing in what you wrote made any sense.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-12-05 20:10:00


Not even "head shaped like a penis"?

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-05 20:11:37


Oh well besides that, I mean.

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Posted by aaronb 2012-12-06 15:00:19


What a shame.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-06 15:02:13


How so?

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Posted by Auggie27 2012-12-06 15:04:20


I must say, Jimbob's resurrecting that comment about ALW vs. Mamet is grin-inducing. Even glibly, Lupone's comparison of the craft and revision concerns of Lloyd Webber and David Mamet really does make one question the curriculum at the Juilliard School.

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Posted by FindingNamo 2012-12-06 15:25:28


It would be difficult for me to care less than I already do about David Mamet, but the only critic I care about (Feingold, Village Voice) gave it a review that kinda made me wish I could see it at this point. This may also be fueled by the unlikely fact that I found myself in a work-related situation with a woman who, after reading Feingold's plot and character description, seems to have inspired several aspects of the LuPone character.

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Posted by cpbaran 2012-12-06 15:50:06


I want to see Joan and Melissa Rivers in a revival of Night Mother! That would really sell tix!!

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Posted by aaronb 2012-12-07 17:29:43


@Jordan Catalano - I really liked the show. But I am beginning to realize, more and more, than I'm in the minority.

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Posted by Jungle Red 2012-12-07 17:54:30


Am I the only one who thought 751guy was going into a Julia Sugarbaker monologue from the pilot episode?

I can't remember it as well as the other monologue, but it starts off like this, "We know who you are, Ray Don, you're the guy who always..."

She goes on and on about how women like being alone, and don't need the company of men on planes, restaurants, etc. It's hilarious and she cuts off Ray Don's hypothetical penis.

FOUND IT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7xS54IGEGI

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Posted by goldenboy 2012-12-09 09:29:59


This is a two actor show that is taking in between 300,000 and 379,000 weekly. Why is the producer, ,Jeffrey Richards, pulling the plug so fast?? He did the same thing with Bonnie and Clyde (with similar numbers) but this is a two persons show for Christ sake. Give a show a chance to find its audience. Mr. Richards pulls the plug very fast to cut his losses. This is why he doesn't have repeat investors.

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Posted by Knowitall 2012-12-09 10:21:25


And those numbers have been there since the first week of previews. Interesting subject as it suggests that post-reviews Mr. Richards didn't believe in marketing nor finding a way to improve future ticket sales. He was terrified of what the reviewers wrote and never gave the show a chance. In the meantime, some audience members loved the play, others hated it. But, the subject of the show was not given a chance to be discussed nor debated. As per the NYT, Patty and Debra are mad as hell at him. Well, good way to lose good actors, investors and create an ill feeling all around a polemic production.

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Posted by ljay889 2012-12-09 12:54:43


As per the NYT, Patty and Debra are mad as hell at him

Do you have a link?

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Posted by Knowitall 2012-12-09 13:06:15


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/theater/david-mamet-has-flop-and-hit-on-one-broadway-block.html?pagewanted=all

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Posted by ljay889 2012-12-09 13:21:58


Thanks!

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Posted by THDavis 2012-12-09 13:35:16


I just want to see Patti star in a new musical that's not a complete doozy. Slap a talented name in a supporting role and get this show on the road!

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Posted by goldenboy 2012-12-09 14:12:07


Its funny that Virginia Woolf has a smaller weekly gross than Anarchist with 4 actors but that goes on, while Anarchist get the plug pulled with two actors. I don't get it.

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Posted by Kad 2012-12-09 14:25:50


The Anarchist probably had a terrible advance, and then lost any chance of potentially growing its advance with its horrible reviews and word of mouth. The producers decided to cut their losses.

Virginia Woolf may have better advances, it may cost less due to having four actors that aren't big names, it has critical pedigree and award potential.

Which would you bet on?

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Posted by Patti LuPone FANatic 2012-12-09 22:17:52


I read in another thread that Debra Winger was out for a performance. Who goes on for her/Patti when either ladies are absent? from RC in Austin, Texas (a blue lake in a sea of red).

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-09 22:19:19


Probably a cardboard cutout of Winger with a tape recorder attached to it saying her lines. Nobody in the audience would even notice.

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Posted by Rainbowhigh23 2012-12-09 22:34:47


Hi RC! The understudy is Gordana Rashovich. But a cardboard cutout would have sufficed.

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Posted by Knowitall 2012-12-10 05:59:10


Debra has not missed any performance.

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Posted by PianoMann 2012-12-10 12:54:24


Quick question: is The Anarchist still offering rush? I am thinking of going on Wednesday for the matinee, but I no longer see it listed on the Playbill list of rush policies. Also, has anyone rushed recently, or at all? If so, how was it? I assume I'll have no trouble getting a ticket.... unless they're only offering a limited number of student rush tickets!

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Posted by Borstalboy 2012-12-10 13:06:52


Quick question for those who saw the show. Do you think, as Feingold suggests, that the play would have been more effective if done in a more intimate setting than Broadway? Could the small theaters of off-off Broadway make this into something interesting? Why or why not?

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Posted by goldenboy 2012-12-10 15:29:23


Patti LuPone as SOME selling power; otherwise this two person show would not have grossed 300,000 plus every week. Compare these grosses to other plays and even Scandalous. They are not bad grosses. In fact, with 300,00) plus per week, They are more than Virginia Woolf. If I were the producer, I would give the play a chance to run--their nut can't be that big with only 2 actors in the cast

She just doesn't have the selling power of a Pacino or a Streep.

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-12-11 23:11:03


I caught this tonight and my thoughts pretty much echo what everyone else said. It's a really, really interesting premise but...that's really about it. Everything that happened in this show could and should have been one thirty minute scene in a larger, more fleshed out play. I usually enjoy Mamet's plays (though his recent works have ranged from uninspired to just flat out bad) but this ranks close to the bottom of his catalogue. All I kept thinking was "who the hell speaks like this...?" He seems to use big words just for the sake of using big words and his verbiage is so over-wrought and too flashy for its own good. If he made the language in the show more concise, then maybe he could have spent more time developing the themes, characters, relationship, and general "plot." Jordan hit the nail on the head when he said this plays like a high school playwriting class project.

LuPone is very solid, at times almost mesmerizing in a part that is so wildly underdeveloped. But Winger seems to be phoning it in and in over her head. She stumbled on her lines and the one or two times she stepped out of her monotone line delivery to put any sort of urgency or power behind her line readings, she was almost embarrassingly bad.

It was one of those shows that you forget you saw as you're watching it. It practically evaporates before your eyes.

I saw DEAD ACCOUNTS this weekend as well and have decided someone needs to have an intervention with Mamet and Rebeck. They both seem to come out with at least one (bad) new show a season instead of taking the time to develop and polish one piece, so that it's actually ... good and worthy of being produced on Broadway. Granted, Mamet is infinitely more talented than Rebeck, but I digress.

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Posted by frogs_fan85 2012-12-11 23:18:08


As far as I'm concerned Mamet wrote half a play and Rebeck wrote two-thirds of one and each called it a day.

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-12-11 23:20:26


^ Exactly.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-12-12 01:46:44


It's really depressing to think that Grace has been the best new play of the season so far (not counting The Performers which shuttered so quickly and The Other Place which just began last night). It's been a rough fall for new material.

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-12-12 12:58:52


This entire season has been an overall disappointment to me, thus far. The only Broadway play I saw that I believe is truly worth rushing to see is a revival that is barely filling the house to 60% weekly (...VIRGINIA WOOLF?) and my favorite musical thus far is a limited engagement for the holidays (A CHRISTMAS STORY).

Other than that...blech. Hopefully the spring is better!

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Posted by Tom5 2012-12-17 15:17:58


I could never trash Mamet. Was too good for too long and not just plays. For example, he easily gave Paul Newman and Don Ameche their best late career film roles.
But truth is based on the premise of this play the only way I would have purchased a ticket for it was if the two leads were Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett and it included an extended prison shower scene.

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Posted by nasty_khakis 2012-12-17 15:54:06


I can almost guarentee you that the Virginia Woolfe cast isn't getting near the salary/perks as Lupone and Winger. Patti is notorious for demanding her "comforts" during a run. Things like an apartment in the city, car services, possible gross points, etc on top of a star salary really add up. Don't get me wrong, she's not the most demanding diva ever and all of these things are fairly common-place, but Tracy/Amy ain't getting near the levels of Lupone.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-17 15:59:03


Patti doesn't already have a place in the city?

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Posted by nasty_khakis 2012-12-17 17:40:46


She may very well now, but I know it was in her contract for "Gypsy" that they show paid for a two bedroom furnished apartment for nights she doesn't want to commute back to Connecticut. It was talked about in an article that came out the week it closed. I'll see if I can find it later tonight.

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Posted by iluvtheatertrash 2012-12-17 20:24:22


It is a sad, sad day when GRACE is the current best new play. Though I think THE OTHER PLACE will make it topple. God, GRACE was excruciating. I might have even preferred THE ANARCHIST to it, believe it or not...

If only Durang's new play (hands down best new play of the season so far) would transfer...