Melissa J. Marek as Claire, Jenna Morris as Catherine and Malinda L. Beckham as Anna in Boston Marriage.
PHOTO BY GARY GRIFFIN
WRITTEN BY David Mamet
DIRECTED BY Linda Phenix
FEB 8 ‒ 23, 2019
MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
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RUNTIME: 2 hrs (including one 15-minute intermission)
Anna has received an enormous emerald from her married lover, as well as a stipend with which she intends to woo Claire, her longtime companion. But Claire is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna’s help for a rendezvous. When Claire's young inamorata appears, it sets off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women's futures at risk.
MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
When preparing our season, I read many plays and try to suss out the ones that challenge our organization and our artists. I look for material that is aligned with the DDTCo. mission and larger purpose: to entertain audiences, inspire artists, and honor playwrights. David Mamet’s Boston Marriage fits that bill. The play rallies on women, giving us the opportunity to taste and savor the words usually reserved for Mamet men. We are given a look at the more obtuse side of gender where women are written with characteristics usually reserved for their male counterparts. The play explores attitudes that transcend directly to today where expectations continue to meet resistance.
These three women relate to the world in which they have refused to become isolated in a time that required it to be so. They resist the boundaries of society and the restrictions of expectation. They exploit opportunities and capitalize on the weakness of others. Just like Mamet’s men. They are tender and rotten, strong and empty, longing and satisfied. They are conflicts in their own reality, standing firm in their own truth. They are who they are, and they want you to know it.
I have heard it said that Mamet wrote these women like men. I think he wrote them like women. If we look long enough, listen closely enough, and feel openly enough, we realize that women and men are equal in their depravity and joy. Our differences make us who we are as individuals, not genders.
Enjoy this very colorful, stripped down look at love and acceptance.
“Superb acting on a decadent set”
Photos by Gary Griffin
READ THE HOUSTON PRESS REVIEW
The rapport built between these actors – between Beckham and Mayo, and between Morris and the two – is truly the star of the show. Coming in second, though, is Beckham’s set.
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by Don Maines
"Anna and Claire, as 'more flamboyant,' artsy types, delight in gaming the patriarchy by pooling their resources (and their cunning resourcefulness) to live independently of a male protector."
..feels like a really fun alternative episode of Absolutely Fabulous.
...delightful, witty, and so fun to watch.
A compelling and endearing story told by an extraordinary cast. Don't miss it.
We thoroughly enjoyed this production... The dialogue was filled with wit and double entendre and supported the development of two believable female protagonists. Thank you, Dirt Dogs, for bringing it to Houston..
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