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China Doll - 2015 - Broadway

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 (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
236 West 45th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For China Doll


'China Doll' review: Zero stars for dreadful David Mamet play with Al Pacino - NY Daily News
David Mamet said his new play, written for frequent muse, Al Pacino, would be "better than oral sex." Oral sex? "China Doll" is not even better than oral surgery. At least for that sort of medical procedure you get painkillers. And it's not a complete waste of time and money. "China Doll" - henceforth "China Dud" - is both. Pacino is Mickey Ross, who's on his cellphone for three-quarters of the show. Not the stuff of great drama...Director Pam MacKinnon...makes only one discernible contribution. She signed off on one of the clumsiest, least convincing fights ever on stage...Pacino fails to make phone calls anything but drudgery. He lacks authority playing this millionaire and he doesn't get traction from his customary eccentricities. The trademark shrugs, hand gestures, wide eyes and that gravelly voice feel like the same old, same old.

'China Doll' review: David Mamet, Al Pacino have unhappy reunion - amNY
For the most part, "China Doll" is a rambling, incoherent monologue. Since we never hear from the people that Pacino is speaking to by phone, it is the equivalent of a conversation where half the lines are missing...With big gestures and expressions, Pacino delivers a highly worked-up, outlandish performance that could be interpreted as a desperate attempt to add entertainment. Despite the play's problems, Pacino's theatrics throw it off further dramatically. The visual opulence of Pam MacKinnon's production is also questionable. It would be interesting to compare this with a leaner production of the play. But on second thought, it may be best to just put "China Doll" to rest.


 

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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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Tyler Peterson - 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 Tyler Peterson - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Nicole Rosky - 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.'