Atlantic Theater Company presents a world premiere drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Atlantic co-founder David Mamet ('Glengarry Glen Ross,' 'China Doll.') More…
In 'The Penitent' a renowned psychiatrist is asked to testify on behalf of a young patient. When he refuses, his career, ethics, and faith are thrown into question. Helmed by Atlantic's artistic director Neil Pepe.
See it if Principles vs. self-interest. The pace picks up in the second act. The revelations make you rethink the motivations of the characters.
Don't see it if The first (and longer) act is belabored. Characters repeat themselves and don't seem to act sensibly. Could use more wit/humor.
See it if Has glimpses of Mamet's former thunder & intellegence but feels more like a Mamet parody Bauer (looking like the author) & Lage do fine work
Don't see it if Too many cheap shots taken at powerful institutions doesn't constitute drama. Pepe's direction feels stilted & ending is totally contrived
See it if my 80 and partner's 50.. It attacks the press (who attack Mamet) Doctors, Lawyers, Religion and even women Jordan Lage is great
Don't see it if The acting by Rebecca P. is a puzzlement. The set is minimal if anything. It ran 80 minutes and there was no need for the intermission
See it if you follow Mamet, enjoy behavioral mysteries, like brutal, badgering dialogue, like quirking surprises that make you re-think entire play
Don't see it if you find Mamet's language and plot twists to never be satisfactory, you don't appreciate deliberately withheld info & staccato line readings
See it if Mamet displays brilliant ability 2 pick apart psychology & legal professions/press; features intense 1-on-1 adversarial scenes
Don't see it if tho Mamet has great ideas, difficulty dramatizing them; cast not capture mesmerizing mametian cadences; shocking ending undercuts play
See it if you like a thought provoking drama. The set was simple and so you concentrate completely on the people, mostly one on one conversations.
Don't see it if you enjoy lively dramas and light humor.
See it if You'd enjoy well-acted scenes that involve the lawyer (which are well-acted and interesting)..
Don't see it if ...you would be bored by the repetitive scenes with the wife (those scenes are poorly acted & just plain boring)
See it if Mamet is your guy; you're interested in the good, bad and ugly in a tale about morality and ethics. Short second act, better than the first.
Don't see it if You do not like stilted scripts and robotic acting and direction. The play had some good moments, if only they lasted longer.
See it if You are a Mamet and/or Chris Bauer fan. Like plays about legal morality decisions. Do not mind slow moving drama in a spartan set.
Don't see it if You expect a fast- paced Mamet play with lots of objectionable language. Do not like legal dilemmas.
See it if Intelligent but talky Mamet about duplicity in law, medicine and journalism. Some intense dialogue about religion and ethics.
Don't see it if could be a snooze for some. i found it stimulating most of the time, but the dialogue between the doctor and his wife was annoying
See it if You like plays about ethics, morals, religion, understanding, & the power of the press. You want to see good performances by the male actors
Don't see it if you don't want to see a robotic performance by Mamet's wife, repetitive dialogue of "I understand" and "I don't understand" is overkill.
See it if You want to ask questions, hear multiple arguments. An incisive discussion of belief and how it registers in our world interests you.
Don't see it if you dont like provocative "talky" plays which slowly give you the crumbs to put together an imperfect, yet fascinating "cake"
See it if you enjoy giving up 90 minutes of your life to boredom, excepting the 15 minutes Gilliard Jr. was onstage to remind us what great acting is.
Don't see it if a different "actor" overly annunciating every. Single. Word. Of dialogue will drive you mad. Save yourselves!
See it if you will stand by David Mamet no matter what. See it if you didn't get to see China Doll.
Don't see it if you want an engaging play that makes you think. I was expecting something better from Mr. Mamet.
See it if you enjoy a play that requires you to think and confront serious issues regarding the law, doctor patient confidentiality and religion.
Don't see it if you prefer theater that does not encourage deep thought and later discussion.
See it if You enjoy Mamet's plays. Interesting subject matter and themes involving mental health,law,religion, and press. Excellent cast.
Don't see it if Play is better suited for professionals in aforementioned fields than the general public. Mamet appears to have major issues with psychiatry
See it if You'd appreciate a stretched out writing exercise or a mostly advanced scene study class with third year directing/second year staging.
Don't see it if You're expecting a fully realized play, sensible plot and dramatic structure or want to see vintage Mamet.
See it if You're a Mamet completist because I think he should have stopped writing long ago. There's nothing here to recommend.
Don't see it if You want a coherent story with actors are capable or you will be annoyed with scene changes every 10 mins in silence.
See it if you want a play about difficult moral dilemmas. Some of the scenes have good dialog. Ending is a bit of a surprise.
Don't see it if you want action. The first act is a bit annoying with a lot of repetitive dialog. Second act is a bit better.
See it if You enjoy shows that do a lot of talking. Each character is a familiar-predictable type. Rationalization for action taken is chilling.
Don't see it if You don't prefer David Mamet style of theater. This one is like Oleanna. That should say enough.
See it if you like Mamet and enjoy actors who specialize in his style.
Don't see it if you dislike Mamet or have never seen his work (there are much better places to start.)
See it if Mamet is an acquired taste. Staccato line readings and smart actors with pinpoint control reign. Fine male roles. Bauer's calling card.
Don't see it if you prefer female POV. Kath is weakest role; performance could be stronger. Intermission superfluous.