The play was advertised with Jason Priestly as the star, but it is very much an ensemble production, with all four actors giving excellent performances. If anything Priestly was the weakest of the group, but still gave a strong performance.
Nigel Shawn Williams was great as his partner. the two have some of the most cynical and biting dialogue in the play. Matthew Edsion, who often gets to play the pretty boy showed he can be a villain when asked. Cara Ricketts gave a superb performance as the young idealistic and cynical lawyer, who ultimately drives the action of the play.

Cynicism is certainly at the heart of this play. Mamet plays the game of “if I do this, then he will do that, but if he thinks that I will think that he will do that, he will do something else” and so on, until your head spins. His dialogue is brilliant. His characters are so human you see yourself in each of them. You leave depressed and wondering why can we not just get over all this stupidity?

Race may be the title and the surface theme of the play, but it is really about human behaviour.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Race

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This is the second Canadian Stage play in a row with great dialogue! And Mamet certainly gets in your face. We had a lot of kids in the audience – I bet there were some interesting discussions when they got back to class.

    Talking of class, Mamet sees things very much through American eyes, so it’s all about Black vs. White, but it is really about haves vs. have-nots. I am sure Indians would see the arguements applying to Dalits in their culture, for instance.

    Anyway, an electrifying play with a great cast.

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