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Mini-review of Glengarry Glen Ross

We saw Glengarry Glen Ross last night, which was pretty good. I've seen the movie a million times, so those performances have become somewhat ingrained, and so it was refreshing to see Liev Schreiber do something totally different from Al Pacino - with better results, I might add. The strangest thing about it was that the audience laughed a great deal, almost as if it was a comedy; that could just be because the play isn't nearly as groundbreaking or controversial as it presumably was back when it originally opened in 1984. Alan Alda played the Jack Lemmon part, and for the most part he was pretty good; in the movie there's a scene with Lemmon and Spacey in the rain, where Lemmon is pleading to get the good leads and offers a deal - it never occured to me, until last night, that his whole spiel is really another botched sales job, and the Spacey character is totally justified in not giving up premium leads to a hack. Jeffrey Tambor, who plays the Alan Arkin role, was absolutely hilarious - again leading me to wonder if this play was directed and cast with a more comedic take on things. Basically, in last night's performance, the stakes never felt very high. In the movie, you really feel as if people's lives hang in the balance, whereas last night I never really felt like anything terribly serious had taken place. Nevertheless, Liev Schreiber was magnficent and his performance is worth the price of admission alone.
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