A group of low-ranking real-estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company's wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels.
A 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Directed by Eric Simonson. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.
©1984 David Mamet (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS David MametRead by Joe Mantegna, Gordon Clapp, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Richard Dreyfuss, John Getz, Richard Schiff, Josh StambergThis wonderful full-cast rendering of Mamet's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play loses little in the staged recording. The gathering of vocal luminaries brings passion, poise, and panache to the narrative in a memorable audio performance. The subtle but completely appropriate sound effects are exciting and superbly amplify the angst and drama. There are seven active character voices, and while it's sometimes a bit difficult to keep them all straight, the natural flow of the story helps the listener stay on track with who's doing what to whom in this sometimes funny, sometimes brutally human drama. M.C. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013] Poetry & Drama • 2 hrs. • Audio Program • ©1984
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"Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story."
This play is beautifully presented. The actors are fabulous. (In my mind I kept hearing Fat Tony from the Simpsons every time Roma speaks, though. "Let us meet and greet this individual.")
I found it a bit challenging to follow some of the twists and turns in the story towards the end. That's not surprising as it is a play and if I had been watching it instead of listening while driving in rush hour traffic, I could have better segregated the characters and their actions in mind.
I did not take off any stars on that score, but may try to locate a copy of the movie just to get things straight in my mind once and for all.
I've never seen this play produced, but I have seen the movie so I was prepared for the strong language and palpable anger in the dialogue.......and these performers do a wonderful job. The anger and fear is almost palpable among the salesmen of a real estate development as they struggle to sell properties to feed their families and rank higher than their coworkers on the sales board each month, so they can get better sales leads the next month to try and hustle to earn enough to feed their families again.
If you've never listened to a live performance it might take a bit to get used to the sounds of the audience applauding, for instance, but it's worth it to hear this great script and great performers.
"Great Play, Great cast"
High, I am a fan of the three leads and it was great to hear them all together in this.
Each are fine speakers and all had great performances in this. Done in front of a live audience this protection took me there and in my minds eye I could see each of them there in front of me. A great performance.
"Short and Sweet"
Yes. I feel like there's more to be gained through a second listen. It's short, so it's not a major task.
The hardest thing in life is sell
Stock Brokers steal money, but it's not your fault, it's theirs
A Story For Everyone Who Works For A Living.
Lie. Cheat. Steal. All In A Day's Work.
"Good, but leaves you hanging"
First up, the performance was excellent. I wish I could have seen the stage production after listening.
As for the story, that suffers from the time constraints that a play imposes. It seems like the book is just getting going when it ends. The subject matter itself is a little on the week side. It highlights the cut-throat atmosphere of high pressure salesmen, but this is a segment of society whom with anyone would have a hard time empathizing.
A short listen, I recommend you give this version a try even just to experience the full cast performance.
It's an interesting story. Reminds me, in a way, of Death of Salesman. I'm also painfully aware of how ignorant the typical salesman is of the basic facts of statistics. I've worked in sales offices, and while this may represent a time gone by with some of the language, still a lot of the attitude reminds me of people I knew.
The performances are fantastic! The play is bunch of old men complaining and swearing a lot. I appreciated it as a fellow performer, but the story was ugly with no likable characters. Maybe that's what Mamet wanted. Ugly. Raw and honest, but obnoxious. The end left me confused.
"Way too much profanity."
The performance was terrific and the story was good. The profanity was over the top though. It brought the story down.
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I love Richard Dreyfuss! He is the best. I even named my Golden Retriever after him.
I would eliminate the profanities and write some real scripts!
The acting in this intense play about selling real estate is a slice of life. Gritty and heartfelt. If you've seen the movie this adaption on audible does it justice.
"A classic, brilliantly performed"
Seriously good: an astonishing cast delivering one of the best works from one of our greatest living playwrights. I was surprised to find I didn't miss the visuals at all.
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