Oleanna: A Play

Oleanna: A Play

by David Mamet


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In a terrifyingly short time, a male college instructor and his female student descend from a discussion of her grades into a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. And the relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his seemingly hapless pupil turns into a fiendishly accurate X ray of the mechanisms of power, censorship, and abuse.

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ISBN-13: 9780679745365
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1993
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 157,187
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including Heist, Spartan, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include Oleanna, The Cryptogram, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Pulitzer Prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross. Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company.

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Oleanna: A Play 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oleanna is a play by David Mamet that is a hugely witty and entertaining play kept me right on the edge of my seat. I was entranced by the amazing dialog waiting to see what will come next until I was jolted out of my seat, completely broad sided by something totally unseen.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I enjoyed this play less than American Buffalo, I thought Mamet had a much clearer sense of vision in this one. The development from the beginning was very startling, and I imagine seeing Will Macy in this rold would have been a great experience.Overall, a stronger play than American Buffalo text-wise, though I have a feeling that the former probably is a better play to watch.