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A 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Joe Mantegna as Ricky Roma
Gordon Clapp as David Moss
Kyle Colerider-Krugh as Detective Baylen
Richard Dreyfuss as Shelly Levine
John Getz as James Lingk
Richard Schiff as George Aaronow
Josh Stamberg as John Williamson
Directed by Eric Simonson. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.
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By Nothing really matters on 09-24-14
Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story.
This play is beautifully presented. The actors are fabulous. (In my mind I kept hearing Fat Tony from the Simpsons every time Roma speaks, though. "Let us meet and greet this individual.")
I found it a bit challenging to follow some of the twists and turns in the story towards the end. That's not surprising as it is a play and if I had been watching it instead of listening while driving in rush hour traffic, I could have better segregated the characters and their actions in mind.
I did not take off any stars on that score, but may try to locate a copy of the movie just to get things straight in my mind once and for all.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Calliope on 09-18-14
I've never seen this play produced, but I have seen the movie so I was prepared for the strong language and palpable anger in the dialogue.......and these performers do a wonderful job. The anger and fear is almost palpable among the salesmen of a real estate development as they struggle to sell properties to feed their families and rank higher than their coworkers on the sales board each month, so they can get better sales leads the next month to try and hustle to earn enough to feed their families again.
If you've never listened to a live performance it might take a bit to get used to the sounds of the audience applauding, for instance, but it's worth it to hear this great script and great performers.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful