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China Doll - 2015 - Broadway

$82-$167.50

A two-character play about a billionaire, Mickey Ross, who has just bought a new airplane for his young fiancee as he prepares to go into semiretirement; the other character is Carson, Ross's assistant.

Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner David Mamet, CHINA DOLL will star legendary actor Al Pacino.

Mr. Pacino will be joined on stage by Fran Kranz (You Can't Take It With You, Death of a Salesman, "Dollhouse"), under the direction of Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park).

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 10 minutes, with one intermission

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

(New York, NY)
236 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For China Doll


Mamet's 'China Doll,' With Pacino in the Lead, Proves Fragile - NBC New York
Mickey spends most of "China Doll" yammering away in one-sided conversation...Pacino doesn't veer far from his usual delivery, working in a characteristically disheveled and hot-tempered fashion...Mamet raises subjects that feel provocatively timely. One need only skim the business pages to read about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and a crack about politics...earns the biggest reaction of the night. But "China Doll" too often gets itself revved up with no place to go and no clear position. The climax, which occurs impossibly soon after the events that set it in motion, would have benefited from a firmer hand by director Pam MacKinnon ("The Heidi Chronicles"). "China Doll" is muddled, but it's still a treat to see Pacino, even if we're not always sure what he's doing.

Al Pacino grabs attention in Mamet's 'China Doll' - USA Today
In Mamet's new play, China Doll (*** out of four stars)...both businessmen and politicians take their lumps, but the latter emerge as the real scourge...During much of the play, Mickey is on the phone, making his case to different key players whom we neither see nor hear. The only other character present is his assistant Carson, a stoic but patently ambitious young fellow played with marvelous discretion by Christopher Denham...Pacino, stooping slightly, paces and gesticulates; his pauses and occasional mumbled lines (others are shouted, with sometimes alarming intensity) seem entirely in character...The play itself is not always coherent, veering from obvious political commentary...to recurring references to "seduction" and "protection" in male-female relationships...But if China Doll is sometimes shaky or confounding, it is never boring. Whatever Mamet's points, he and Pacino consistently engage us -- which is more than you can say for a lot of the folks the playwright is targeting here.


 

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by Nora Dominick - January 21, 2016
CHINA DOLL starring Al Pacino has recouped on Broadway this week. The new play by David Mamet has recouped its $3.7 million investment costs according to The New York Times. 
by Review Roundups - December 4, 2015
CHINA DOLL is the new play by David Mamet starring Tony, Emmy and Academy Award-winner Al Pacino. Directed by Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and co-starring Christopher Denham ('Master Harold'... and the Boys, Argo, 'Manhattan'), China Doll officially opens tonight, December 4th, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BWW News Desk - December 4, 2015
China Doll, the new play by David Mamet starring Tony, Emmy and Academy Award-winner Al Pacino, officially opens tonight, December 4, after a two-week delay. Directed by Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and co-starring Christopher Denham ('Master Harold'... and the Boys, Argo, 'Manhattan'), China Doll plays the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and marks the tenth presentation of a David Mamet work by Messrs Richards, Frankel and Treaxler on Broadway and in the West End.
by Michael Dale - December 3, 2015
Meet the stage and screen legend after seeing David Mamet's new play from VIP seats.
by Michael Dale - November 20, 2015
He was a 29-year-old member of The Actors Studio when Patty Duke announced his name.
by BWW News Desk - November 19, 2015
CHINA DOLL is the new play by David Mamet starring Tony, Emmy and Academy Award-winner Al Pacino. Directed by Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and co-starring Christopher Denham ('Master Harold'... and the Boys, Argo, 'Manhattan'), CHINA DOLL is currently in previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The press opening is scheduled for December 4th. Check out a first look at the cast in action below!
by Michael Dale - November 9, 2015
The new David Mamet play starring Al Pacino and directed by Pam MacKinnon will open two weeks later than scheduled.
by BWW News Desk - October 21, 2015
The limited Broadway engagement of David Mamet's new play China Doll, which stars Academy Award winner Al Pacino under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), begins previews starting tonight, October 21, 2015, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an opening night set for Thursday, November 19, 2015.
by BWW News Desk - September 16, 2015
The box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), home of the anticipated limited Broadway engagement of David Mamet's new play China Doll, which stars Academy Award winner Al Pacino under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), will open today, Wednesday, September 16.
by BWW News Desk - September 14, 2015
The box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), home of the anticipated limited Broadway engagement of David Mamet's new play China Doll, which stars Academy Award winner Al Pacino under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), will open Wednesday, September 16.
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2015
The producers of David Mamet's new play China Doll, which stars Academy Award-winner Al Pacino under the direction of Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), announced today that an additional 10 performances have been added to the production's limited Broadway engagement.
by Walter McBride - July 8, 2015
The world premiere of David Mamet's new play China Doll, which stars Academy Award-winner Al Pacino, will begin previews on October 21, 2015, with an official opening on November 19, 2015, at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Check out photos of the marquee below!
by BWW News Desk - June 5, 2015
Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler have announced that tickets for David Mamet's new play CHINA DOLL, which stars Academy Award-winner Al Pacino, will go on sale starting Saturday, June 6, 2015.
by BWW News Desk - April 2, 2015
Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler just announced that AL PACINOwill return to Broadway in the world premiere of CHINA DOLL, a new play by DAVID MAMET. It will begin previews on October 20, 2015, with an official opening on November 19, 2015, at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The play will also feature FRAN KRANZ (You Can't Take It With You, Death of a Salesman, “Dollhouse”). Tony Award-winner PAM MACKINNON (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will direct. The creative team will include scenic design by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane (Gigi, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, 33 Variations), lighting design by Russell H. Champa (In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)), and costume design by Tony Award-winner Jess Goldstein (Jersey Boys, Proof, The Rivals). Joining Pacino in the play will be Fran Kranz, who most recently starred on Broadway in You Can't Take It With You, as the assistant to Pacino.
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2014
According to the New York Times, Al Pacino will head back to Broadway next Fall in a new David Mamet play- CHINA DOLL, directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon. According to NYT, the play is 'a two-character play about a billionaire, Mickey Ross, who has just bought a new airplane for his young fiancee as he prepares to go into semiretirement; the other character is Carson, Ross's assistant.'