In a time of political tension, David Mamet’s intense and slightly erratic 1983 play resonates with audience members. After a successful West End run in 2017, Sam Yates’ production of Glengarry Glen Ross has embarked on a UK tour.
Taking it’s time to get going, the story follows the lives of some corrupt and desperate salesmen in Chicago, who are planning to set up a robbery. The show opens in a run-down Chinese restaurant, and the bare set gives the actors all the focus to tell the story and engage the audience.
Mark Benton creates an almost cartoon-like salesman of Shelly, never letting the energy slip.
Due to the style of this show, it can feel very stuck in its time. When we meet George Arronow (played by Wil Johnson) and Dave Moss (performed by Denis Conway) the scene is almost like slapstick style acting. The moments when there could have been a real power, but just felt a bit too shouty to understand what is trying to be said.
Nigel Harman is smooth as the one to beat, Ricky Roma, but I felt at times it came across as if he was just saying the lines rather than connecting with what he was saying.
A short and snappy production that sadly lacked a bit of presence.
On at Manchester’s Opera House until the 30th of March, tickets and information can be found on their website.