David Mamet’s plays have long had the overwhelming stench of testosterone.
The playwright’s response to that: “Boston Marriage,” Something Something Theatre Company’s current offering. It has nary a male character.
Otherwise, you are sure to recognize Mamet’s work: rat-a-tat dialogue, your occasional four-letter word (less than is the norm for him, anyway), and a love of language.
“Boston Marriage” is a term coined from Henry James’ novel “The Bostonians” and refers to two women who lived together during the late 19th century and early 20th century without any obvious support from a man. Maybe they were involved romantically, maybe not.
That makes this play another oddity for Mamet — he doesn’t normally write period pieces.
Anna and Claire, one-time lovers, don’t live together — they are good friends.
Anna is the mistress of a wealthy man; Claire has a new love. Anna perks up when she finds the new love is a woman. Claire longs for a “vile assignation” with her very young love and she wants to use Anna’s house. Intrigued — because, of course, she still has a thing for Claire — Anna agrees. If she can watch.
Standing by and taking this all in is Anna’s hapless maid Catherine.
When the young girl arrives, she discovers Anna wearing a necklace that belongs to her mother — a pretty good indication that Anna’s lover is the young girl’s father. Things don’t go well after that. Comedy ensues.
The Something Something production is directed by Avis Judd and stars T Loving, Carley Elizabeth Preston and Jill Baker. It previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Regular performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Community Playhouse, 1881 N. Oracle Road. Tickets are $22, with discounts available. Somethingsomethingtheatre.com or 468-6111