April 1, 2006

POSTSCRIPT: David Mamet, Eugene O’Neill

What is drama? Robert N. Georgalas, Joanne Pepe, Robert Charles and I walked to The Goodman the other night to watch David Mamet boil it down for Richard Christiansen. “Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?” Afterward, back home, I heard another definition on Ken Burns’ documentary about Eugene O’Neill. The great writer’s final uttered words: “Born in a hotel room and – God damn it – died in a hotel room.”


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