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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oleanna - David Mamet

About three or four hours ago, my drama teacher gave me a copy of the play Oleanna by David Mamet, which he has been talking to me about for the past six months or so. I read it in an hour and a half. Seriously, I could not put the script down.

Oleanna is a two-actor/two-character play about a university professor who is in the process of buying a house and is about to be granted tenure, and a failing student who accuses him of rape when he tries to help her understand his lessons. 

Mamet wrote this play with a fast pace; I could not put the book down until all of the action was over, and the sudden, sting-in-the-tail ending left me wanting more, not quite satisfied. In the script, Mamet's characters talk about how people learn and understand and the value of education. John, the professor, at one point says that it is his job to provoke the students into questioning why they are at the university and continuing their education. I believe that the play as a whole provokes the reader into questioning everything they come across; everything that is said, everything they understand and everything they don't, everything they see and hear, and everything that is done. It forces the audience to question the conventions of being human. 

An intense read full of thought-evoking goodness. 

Has anyone else out there read Oleanna by David Mamet? What were your thoughts? 

- Bonnee. 

8 comments:

  1. I have not read it, but now I'm intrigued and will have to look for it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's totally worth it, and it's only short, so it shouldn't take up too much time. Get back to me with your thoughts if you end up checking it out! :)

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  2. I don't read it, but with your post, maybe I'll read it ! :)
    Thank you
    xx
    Morgane

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    1. Well worth it! Hope you enjoy it if you read it! :)

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  3. I haven't read it, but I have heard of it. I read plays in university it might be worthwhile to go back to reading them.

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    1. I'd say definitely wroth it! :)

      What was the favourite play you studied and why?? :D Inspire me to read it too!

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  4. Sounds cool!! isn't it great when something hooks you in so much you can't put it down??
    ♥ EJ

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    1. It feels amazing when that happens. :D

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