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Romance opened in 2005 off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater in New York and was also performed at London's Almeida Theatre, starring John Mahoney, later that year. A fast-paced, madcap comedy-farce, the main action of the play occurs in a courtroom presided over by a judge (Larry Bryggman in the original cast) whose allergy medications make him, in the first act, so drowsy he repeatedly falls asleep, and in the second act so manic he eventually ends up stripping in the middle of the court. Meanwhile, the prosecutor has to deal with his flamboyant and often difficult-to-control boyfriend Bunny (Keith Nobbs). The gentile defense attorney is swapping racial slurs with his Jewish client, who suddenly comes up with a brilliant idea to solve all the problems in the Middle East. The question is, can he cut through all the courtroom drama in time to make the plan work? Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² or 54,556 square miles (27th)  - Land... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... John Mahoney John Mahoney (born June 20, 1940) is a British-born actor best known for playing Martin Crane (Marty) in the popular TV show Frasier, as Kelsey Grammers character Dr. Frasier Cranes retired policeman father. ... Jump to: navigation, search A courtroom is the actual enclosed space in which a judge regularly holds court. ... Jump to: navigation, search Larry Bryggman Larry Bryggman (born Arvid Laurence Bryggman on December 21, 1938) is an American actor. ... An allergy or Type I hypersensitivity is an immune malfunction whereby a persons body is hypersensitised to react immunologically to typically nonimmunogenic substances. ... A medication is a drug or substance taken to reduce symptoms or cure an illness or medical condition. ... For the classical mythological figures named Mania, see Mania (mythology). ... In countries adopting the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system, the prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution. ... Jump to: navigation, search The word Gentile (from the Latin gentilis, a translation of the Hebrew Nochri/נכרי) has several meanings. ... In most litigation under the common law adversarial system the defendant, perhaps with the assistance of counsel, may allege or present defenses (or defences) in order to avoid liability, civil or criminal. ... The following is a list of ethnic slurs, also known as ethnophaulisms, that are, or have been, used to refer to members of a given ethnicity (or, in some cases, nationality, region, or religion) in a derogatory or pejorative manner. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...

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romance (643 words)
The only romance involved is a pouting tantrum performed by Noah Bean as Bernard (the only character in the play to have a name; the others are identified by their job titles), the flamboyant lover of the prosecuting attorney played by Jim Frangione.
The play is set in a courtroom and the trial is something about a trip to Hawaii that the defendant (Steven Goldstein) denies having taken.
But don’t expect David Mamet to be in the audience to accept a standing ovation and the kudos of his friends, as he did on the opening weekend.
Romance (900 words)
Mamet is not suggesting that behind the veneer of niceness anything particularly appealing exists, but at least passion and communication flow in abundance.
Mamet's courtroom drama is thus a microcosm of the flaws in this endeavour, at a human as well as structural level.
The resulting play is certainly full of sharp writing, but the real issues hinted at are left untouched, impossible to access for all the layers of jokes and memorable lines.
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