Thursday, February 24, 2011


David Mamet’s plays are always searing portraits that skewer business and the men who conduct it. This play is no exception. But be forewarned: the language is strong. P.S. The Chatham Community Players is an award-winning community theater. I highly recommend your going to see this production!

By David Mamet
Directed by Chase Newhart

WHEN: March 4 – 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sunday, March 13, at 3 PM.
Chatham Community Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $20 for adults and $18 for youth/senior.
You can buy tickets online using the theater’s online ticketing service, Ticketleap. The service is available 24 hours a day. Tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. The box office will begin accepting phone reservations on February 22 at 973.635.7363. 


David Mamet's scathingly funny and thrilling 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross, follows the lives of four unethical Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to go to any lengths (legal or illegal) to unload undesirable real estate on unwilling prospective buyers. The play is partly based on Mamet's experiences working in a Chicago real estate office during the late 1960s. The title of the play comes from the names of two of the real estate developments being peddled by the salesmen characters, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

As an audience member, you will feel as though you are sitting with the actors in the Chinese restaurant and in their close-quarters sales office. This is the kind of show that ambitious actors love to sink their teeth into, and director Chase Newhart has worked each scene to keep audiences at the edge of their seats.

In deciding to produce Glengarry Glen Ross for The Chatham Players, Bob Lukasik researched the play and the playwright before he committed to it. Lukasik explained, “In his youth, Mamet worked as a janitor or office cleaner, a taxi driver, a line worker in a canning plant and in the repetitious dark position as a worker in a truck factory. All these unique environments showed Mamet a different side of life. Perhaps that view was a little crude, perhaps a little coarse but all in all, definitely not a sugar-coated environment. It was about life and its struggles and the people who struggle through it. Then, in 1969, he secured a job as an office manager in a Real Estate office. This is where Glengarry Glen Ross was born.”

This ferocious and unforgettable production includes the following cast members: Michael King (New Providence) as the desperate, at-the-end-of his rope Shelly Levene; Noah Lee Margetts (Valley Stream, NY) as the reptilian Ricky Roma; Lorenzo Sapienza (Bridgewater) as James Lingk; Jeff Maschi (Highland Park) as Dave Moss; Frank Briamonte (Scotch Plains) as Baylen; Jeffrey Jackson (Far Hills) as John Williamson; and Robert Mackasek (Union) as George Aaronow.