‘The Anarchist’ Broadway Reviews

THE ANARCHIST

One woman has been put away for life, and the other is making sure she stays there in the world premiere of this explosive new play by David Mamet. Two-time Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone goes head-to-head with Oscar nominee Debra Winger in their most provocative roles yet.

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

“From the beginning these women are engaged in a high-stakes war of wills, as well as ideologies, in which Cathy will use every weapon in her arsenal — intellectual, emotional and sexual — to acquire her freedom. You may suspect, however, that Ann has already made up her mind. And if you know Mr. Mamet’s politics, which he has never been shy about expressing, you know which way Ann leans. ”

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW

“David Mamet’s new play The Anarchist is not so much a drama about specific people in a narrative arc as a short, brittle, stripped-down debate-club exercise on a stopwatch, pitched to Baby Boomers who remember the destructive handiwork of the radical Weather Underground in 1970. The fictional anarchist here is Cathy (Patti LuPone, playing, we are to assume, someone who has no relation to notorious Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin or Cathy Wilkerson), who seeks parole after serving 35 years of an open-ended sentence for the politically motivated killing of a police officer. The unadorned functionary in charge of Cathy’s case all these years (is she a warden? a parole officer? an assistant DA?) is Ann (Debra Winger), who’s about to hand the case over to someone younger. Each has her own agenda. ”

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NEWSDAY REVIEW

“LuPone and Winger are terrifically committed to every nonstop syllable of overdrive Mamet-speak in “The Anarchist,” and the actresses bounce ideas off one another with the virtuosity of tennis pros.”

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

“Delving with academic focus into polemical questions of crime and punishment, faith and atonement, reason and belief, mercy and rehabilitation, this is more of an audio-pamphlet than a play with its own life force.”

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE REVIEW

““The Anarchist,” a two-character, one-scene, 75-minute provocation starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger and the latest self-directed Mamet play to open on Broadway, does not mention this actual cast of characters by name, but it’s not exactly hard to figure out the historical models for Cathy, the educated, articulate, lefty longtime prisoner seeking parole from a warden who functions both as an authorial mouthpiece and, in this play, the moral judge of last resort.”

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THE ANARCHIST

One woman has been put away for life, and the other is making sure she stays there in the world premiere of this explosive new play by David Mamet. Two-time Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone goes head-to-head with Oscar nominee Debra Winger in their most provocative roles yet.

OVERVIEW

PHOTOS

VIDEOS

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