The Alley Theatre is getting an early start on its 2012-13 season with November by well-known playwright David Mamet, who takes apart his targets — in this case, politicians — with more humor and a bit less roughness than in most of his other work. Sanford Robbins has been brought in to direct; this is his second time at the Alley (he is the theater department chairman at the University of Delaware, and runs its training program for stage actors there), and he already knew all but one of the cast members. “It’s a farce; it’s a comedy,” Robbins says. “This play is unkind to politicians of any color, stripe, type. It is unbiased in its contempt for all things political.” Alley actor Jeffrey Bean stars as President Charles Smith, who is trying to be re-elected to a second term while dealing with people such as “a representative of the National Association of Turkey & Turkey By-Products Manufacturers” (played by James Belcher). This is a relatively short play — 90 minutes with intermission — but during that time, “The President maligns everyone equally,” Robbins promises. So whether you’re Red or Blue, be prepared. And in the relative smallness of the Neuhaus Stage, it’ll be up close and personal. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through September 23.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 24. Continues through Sept. 23, 2012