Magazine August 27, 2018, Issue

Second String

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Chicago: A Novel, by David Mamet (Custom House, 332 pp., $26.99)

David Mamet is one of America’s greatest living playwrights. He is also an adult convert to an idiosyncratic but recognizably right-of-center political philosophy. This makes him all but unique in the world of theater, a left-wing monoculture in which “dissent” amounts to believing that Donald Trump should merely be impeached and imprisoned instead of being, say, spitted and roasted. Unfortunately, his political conversion has coincided with a steady decline in the quality of his plays. This was predictable enough, since Mamet is a septuagenarian who has already said what he has to say about the harshness of the world in

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Terry TeachoutMr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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