Speed-The-Plow Officially A Broadway Hit

curtain_plowDavid Mamet’s Hollywood tale of love, hate, power and passion had its official Broadway opening last night. Today, the Broadway critics have chimed in with their reviews of the production. Starring Jeremy Piven, Raul Esparza, and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, the reviews from the critics has been overwhelmingly positive. The show is a true Broadway hit. Praise for director Neil Pepe, the cast, the design, and for David Mamet himself, as this taut revival has quickly joined the revival of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull as the must-see plays of the season. As both plays share themes of art and survival, there is a welcomed Broadway irony to the success of both productions.

A sample of the Speed-The-Plow reviews below. Check out other features right here on and Broadway Magazine:

What makes “Speed-the-Plow” so exciting is its power to define and destroy an entire self-contained world through the tools and weapons of spoken words, expertly wielded by a very live cast. –Ben Brantley, New York Times

Jeremy Piven’s Bobby is softer-textured but also more disturbing than the showbiz animal he plays on Entourage; we see the anxiety and flickers of good intentions underlying his cool arrogance. - Elysa Gardner, USA Today

The skills of Piven, Moss and Esparza are marshaled so stylishly that you must stop and salute the leadership of director Neil Pepe, who allows us to see plainly the relevance retained by this 20-year-old smack-down of showbiz cynicism. – Peter Marks, Washington Post

“the beautifully played revival that opened last night establishes the play as a modern classic.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post

“(Elisabeth) Moss (“Mad Men”) is a delightful blend of prettiness, naivete and ambiguity, all right for Karen, who may or may not be that innocent.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“…and there’s a vague whiff of condescending superiority in Mamet biting the hand that has so often fed him. But the comedy is pithy, smart and performed with prickly energy.” – David Rooney, Variety

“To really explode, “Speed-The-Plow” must star actors of equal intensity. With Piven and Esparza, this revival has found the perfect theatrically combustible pair.” – Michael Kuchwara, AP

“Though at least two of them are fine stage actors as well, there is something unmistakably TVish about this production at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.” – John Simon, Bloomberg

“Mamet, the wizard of obscenity, seems, by contemporary standards, less obscene; the venomous misogynist seems, by contemporary standards, just a reporter. If there is danger here, it is that wild satire has become depraved and funny realism.” – Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

“…originality isn’t a crucial element in Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet’s punch in the Tinseltown nose, which is receiving a more-than-acceptable 20th anniversary revival at the Barrymore Theatre.” – David Finkle, Theatremania

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