A Life in the Theatre [DVD] [1993]

  • SKU: 22795728
  • Release Date: 11/05/2013
  • Rating: NR
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A Life in the Theater
Originally made for cable television, this adaptation of an early play by author David Mamet focuses on the backstage relationship between two actors: Robert, an aging veteran and John, a young greenhorn. The pair, who share a dressing room in a repertory theatre, work together over the course of a season, performing in everything from poetic Elizabethan works to modern-day medical melodrama. Short glimpses of these plays alternate with equally brief glimpses backstage, terse exchanges between Robert and John that largely focus on evaluating that evening's performance and discussing the art of the theatre. As in much of Mamet's writing, however, much lies below the surface, with the progression of short scenes hinting at unspoken power struggles and deeper relationships. The film is directed by Gregory Mosher, who had directed the initial theatrical production of A Life in the Theatre, American Buffalo, and several other Mamet plays. Matthew Broderick portrays the younger actor, while the role of the older actor is assayed by Jack Lemmon, who had not long before won acclaim for his work on another Mamet film adaptation, Glengarry Glen Ross. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jack Lemmon
    Jack Lemmon - Robert
  • Matthew Broderick
    Matthew Broderick - John

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Two actors go through the basic works of theater.

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    "A Life in the Theatre" is a very enjoyable film for many fans of theater and of course fans of Jack Lemmon and Matthew Broderick. This gives a really great example on the childhood of theater, how it can really impress and surprise people back in those days. This film has a lot of zingers in this script which makes this film very special. This film uses its characters very well by creating them to not go too far for what they do and using their abilities for theater with lots of normal enthusiasm. This is a film that is colorful fun for people of all ages, with a couple of surprises of it's own". -Christopher Graham

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