Mamet’s anarchist will withdraw on December 16

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Patti LuPone, left, and Debra Winger in David Mamet’s play “The Anarchist“.Credit Sara Krulwich / The New York Times

“The Anarchist,” David Mamet’s two-character play about a Weather Underground prisoner and her jailer, will end on December 16, its producers announced Tuesday night. The Closing is one of the fastest outings for a new work by a name playwright on Broadway in multiple seasons.

The production at the Golden Theater, starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger in its Broadway debut, will have played 23 previews and 17 performances by its closing date.

Critics rubbed “The Anarchist” when it opened, calling the language stilted and wondering if at 70 minutes he deserved to be on Broadway. StageGrade, a review aggregator, gave the show, run by M. Mamet, a D rating.

Still, the quick shutdown comes as a surprise, as performing on the same street as “The Anarchist” is a cover of Mr. Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” at the Schoenfeld Theater – with the same lead producers – which has was the biggest box office hit of the fall season, even before it officially opened this weekend. The cast of “Glengarry” includes Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale and Jeremy Shamos.

Mr. Mamet’s last new Broadway play, “Race”, ended in 2010 after a strong run of 297 performances. But a revival of her debut “Life in the Theater” the same year was short-lived, and a revival of her “American Buffalo” ended in 2008 after just 20 premieres and eight performances.


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