Described by Rick Waines.
This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour and a ride on the stage revolve for VocalEye users.
The Belfry is also offering a special discount to VocalEye users of 50% off their attendant/companion’s ticket price. This offer is limited to one companion for this performance only. Regular ticket price is $35. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase.
Running time is just under 2 hours, including intermission. Coarse language.
Hollywood producer Bobby Gould has just been handed a sure-fire hit – a blockbuster – that could catapult him and his old friend Charlie Fox into the big money. Or, he could make the “important” art house flick that his oh-so-attractive office temp is urging him to do. A savagely funny exposé on Hollywood and the male psyche.
Mamet’s personal battles with Hollywood producers provided ample inspiration for Speed-The-Plow. The title is taken from a medieval expression that means “work well and you will be rewarded.”
Written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, David Mamet.
Directed by Michael Shamata
The action takes place in Gould’s Office and Home.
Charlie Fox is played by Vincent Gale
Bobby Gould is played by Brian Markinson
Karen is played by Celine Stubel
“A strong, provocative production and a highly promising start to the Belfry Theatre’s 40th season.” –Times Colonist
“Mamet’s signature writing style–known for capturing the rapid-fire, staccato nature of male braggadocio, full of uncompleted sentences and characters who talk at and on top of one another—demands accomplished actors capable of creating a cohesive ensemble and doing battle with the work. Vince Gale is a firecracker as Charlie Fox, ferocious kinetic energy focused on one sole objective, the seemingly impossible dream that has materialized for a chance of a lifetime payout. Bound by loyalty to his long-time friend, newly appointed movie studio producer Bobby Gould (Brian Markinson), he gloats, begs and pleads as he pitches his story. Markinson’s Gould is smooth, suave and in control—secure of his place in the pecking order as he offers to school his temporary secretary—Celine Stubel as a magnificently inscrutable Karen—in the ways of the business.” –Janis Lacouvee
“Very strong performances from all three [performers].” -Monica Prendergrast, CBC Victoria