Photo Coverage: Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA

May 20
3:01 AM 2008

Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet, including a world premiere production, opened over the hot Los Angeles weekend drawing a recognizable crowd to the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. 

A double-bill of short plays featuring The Duck Variations and Keep Your Pantheon (a world premiere stage production), both are directed by Neil Pepe.  Leading the Two Unrelated Plays are Michael Lerner, Ed O'Neill, David Paymer and Jack Wallace.

In Keep Your Pantheon "an impoverished acting company on the edge of eviction is offered a lucrative engagement and life is finally on the upswing. But through a series of riotous mishaps, the troupe finds its problems have actually multiplied, and that they are about to learn a new meaning for the term 'dying on stage,'" state press notes.
 
Duck Variations, "a sly meditation on the meaning of life written in the early 1970s, depicts conversations between two elderly men who are sitting on a park bench and watching ducks. Their observations about the ducks, whether factual or incorrect, create a beautiful fugue on the human condition – on family and friendship, the possibility of happiness and on death."

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.  For further information, please call (213) 628-2772 or visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.  And for more from James Sims visit www.simsscoop.com.

Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
David Paymer, Jeremy Piven, Joe Mantegna and Director Neil Pepe

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Michael Lerner, David Mamet and Ed O'Neill

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Ed O'Neill, David Paymer and David Mamet

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Jeremy Piven, David Mamet and wife Rebecca Pidgeon

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Ed O'Neill and David Paymer

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Felicity Huffman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jennifer Grey and David Mamet

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay and Ed O'Neill

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Robert Forster, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay and Ed O'Neill

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
David Mamet, Jeremy Piven and Joe Mantegna

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Jeremy Piven and Joe Mantegna

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Jeremy Piven and Joe Mantegna

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Robert Forster, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay and J.J. Johnston

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay and J.J. Johnston

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Tate Donovan

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Harold Gould and Michael Lerner

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
David Mamet and Ed O'Neill

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Michael Ritchie and Michael Cassidy

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
David Mamet and Michael Ritchie

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Ed O'Neill, Dominic Hoffman and Michael Cassidy

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
David Paymer and David Mamet

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
David Paymer, Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Robert Forster and Joe Mantegna

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Felicity Huffman and Neil Pepe

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Eric Stoltz, Ricky Jay and Tate Donovan

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Robert Forster, Ed O'Neill, J.J. Johnston and Jack Wallace

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Neil Pepe, Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Ricky Jay

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Tate Donovan

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Eric Stoltz

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Clark Gregg

Photo Coverage:  Mamet's Two Unrelated Plays Open in LA
Jennifer Grey

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