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November - theater

November 24-26, Friday, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 3pm
San Miguel Playhouse, Av. Independencia 82

November - theater

Held over for November 24-26 performances at the San Miguel Playhouse, November, written by David Mamet, the same playwright who gave us the screenplay for Wag the Dog, is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of American politics and the lengths to which people will go to win an election.
“Rarely have I had better time at the theater,” wrote local resident Marc Taylor. “November, a satirical take on U.S. politics, is just the antidote for the misery we swallow watching the tragedy of current days. I have not laughed so hard for so long in many months.”
With Mamet's characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is about a scheming and unscrupulous U.S. President. It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down and his money's run out.
Jim Newell’s performance as President Smith, is a tour de force. He’ll say “just about anything, to anybody, at any time,” marveled Ronald Alexander after a recent performance. “It’s a pleasure to watch the Marx Brothers-like movements of the cast as they joust and banter with one another,”
The President’s Chief of Staff, Archer Brown, played adroitly by Chuck Rubin, offers a calm and focused counterpoint to Newell’s emotionally vacillating Smith. Kate Rowland plays Clarice Bernstein, Smith’s lesbian speechwriter who has just returned from China where she and her partner adopted a baby. She wants the president to marry her on TV or she will not write any more speeches for him.
The Turkey Guy, played by Gregory Diamont, is a cowed lobbyist who is being held up by the president for campaign funds before he will pardon the Thanksgiving Day turkeys.

And the last straw comes from Clan Mother Jennie Lonecloud Grackle, played by Maggie Bunce, who invades the Oval Office protesting her tribe’s treatment by white usurpers.

Maggie Bunce directed and Henry Vermillion produced this show.

November is held over for performances on Friday and Saturday, November 24-25 at 7 pm and Sunday, November 26 at 3 pm.

Tickets for the show are $300 pesos and may be obtained in the patio at 57 Mesones (at the corner of Relox) from 2:30 – 5:30 every day except Sunday, or online at Online ticket sales close at 12 noon on the day of the show, but tickets will still be available at the door an hour before the performance. All seats are reserved.

The Playhouse is located at Av. Independencia #82 and offers free secure parking, bar service and after-the-show concierge taxi service.

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