Noah Thompson, left, and Chris Hayhurst are deep in the Hollywood scene in “Speed-the-Plow,” opening Friday in Murphys.

Murphys Creek Theatre presents “Speed-the-Plow,” a 1988 play by David Mamet, which opened Friday, April 28 and runs through May 14.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Mamet’s works are considered a theatrical genre unto themselves by some. His signature fast-talking and witty banter represents the raw naturalism of his characters and creates his “profane poetry” that’s admired by so many. His works have been made into hit films like “The Untouchables,” “Wag the Dog” and the “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

His play “Speed-the-Plow” has been produced on Broadway and London’s West End with actors including Madonna, Jeremy Piven, Ron Silver and Lindsay Lohan appearing in starring roles.

The play is a satire of Hollywood’s movie business. It’s a dramatic comedy that spotlights Charlie Fox and his friend Bobby Gould, who view a new script they both read as their ticket to the “Big Time.”

As the men prepare their pitch for a studio boss, Bobby bets Charlie that he can seduce the temp/secretary who’s working with them. As a ruse, Charlie gives Karen a novel by an East Coast writer that needs a courtesy read before it’s dismissed out of hand. Karen determines the novel, not the movie star script, should be the company’s next film and she seduces Bobby, who’s so smitten with Karen and her ideals that he pleads with Charlie to drop the star project and pitch the other book.

Chris Hayhurst plays Bobby and Noah Thompson is Charlie. Sara Garcia plays Karen and the show is directed by Traci Sky Sprague.

The show plays at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 14 at the Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers St., Murphys.

Tickets are $20 to $22, available at murphyscreektheatre.org or by calling 728-8422.

The company advises parents that Mamet uses strong language and “Speed-the-Plow” is recommended for ages 18 and older.


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