David Mamet’s THE DUCK VARIATIONS (1972)

David Mamet’s THE DUCK VARIATIONS (1972)

Two men sit on a park bench and talk about everything, including ducks. Through fourteen ‘variations’, they talk and talk and talk. About the possibility of happiness, about what we’ve done to nature, about leaders and followers, about the struggle of living creatures to survive, about the nature and value of friendship, and about ducks. Everything ducks do has a purpose, they conclude, but the conclusion doesn’t do much to illuminate the other parts of their conversation, which embrace true facts, guessed at facts, and made-up improvisations.

It’s funny enough at times but this early play by acclaimed playwright David Mamet is neither comedy nor non-comedy. It doesn’t fit any genre of theater. And, oh yes! They talk a lot about ducks.

Free staged reading! Discussion to follow!
Sunday, October 27, at 2 pm
The Prospect Theater Project
at 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto, CA