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Has David Mamet lost the plot?

Can the playwright ever recapture his former glory?

By Rachel Shteir   June 2013

Al Pacino as the murderer Phil Spector: “Mamet has long been interested in defending the indefensible” (© Startraks Photo/Rex Features)

When David Mamet’s Race opened on Broadway in 2009 it promised a return of the vital playwright, he of the tough guy, the short con, the invective-studded dialogue. The one audiences had been missing for at least a decade. Race, which receives its UK premiere in June at the Hampstead Theatre, tells the story of three lawyers (a black man, a white man and a black woman) arguing about a…

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