Spring Arts Guide 2013

Glengarry Glen Ross Feb. 6-March 3 at Round House Theatre Bethesda

When I think about Glengarry Glen Ross, all I can picture is a young Alec Baldwin, with slick hair and a sharp suit, bellowing about “brass balls” in the 1992 James Foley-directed film adaptation. But in David Mamet’s original stage version, Baldwin’s character—a tough guy dispatched to a Chicago real estate office to threaten its underperforming salesmen with oblivion—doesn’t exist. Set at the height of the ‘80s housing boom, Glengarry depicts four desperate salesmen competing to close as many land sales as they can, by whatever means necessary. But the story of down-on-their-luck salesmen could still take place in many parts of the U.S. today. For this show, Round House Theatre has employed an all-star cast of D.C. actors, including Helen Hayes Award nominees Conrad Feininger and Alexander Strain, and Hayes Award winner Rick Foucheux. After a somewhat unexciting fall lineup, biting drama makes a welcome return to Round House. $26-$58.

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