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It’s hay fever season, and in the courthouse a judge is popping antihistamines like candy. The case unfolding before him involves a motley bunch of chauvinists and eccentrics, attorneys and clients alike, whose petty prejudices threaten to unravel the legal process. And then the defendant, who is either a chiropodist or a chiropractor, lands on an ingenious way to bring peace to the Middle East.

If you think you know David Mamet, think again. This famously terse playwright has reinvented himself as a master of farce. Romance is a courtroom comedy that takes no prisoners in its quest for total political incorrectness.

Masterfully wielding the language of the courtroom, David Mamet creates a world in a microcosm in which shameless fawning and sheer caprice hold sway, and the noble apparatus of law and order degenerates into riotous mayhem. Mamet-veteran Scott Zigler (Copenhagen, The Old Neighborhood, The Cripple of Inishmaan) directs this sublimely vicious comedy.

Part of the festival: Sex, Satire, Romance, and Ducks: A David Mamet Celebration.


The Prosecutor Thomas Derrah
The Defendant Remo Airaldi
The Defense Attorney Jim True Frost
The Judge Will LeBow
The Bailiff James Senti
Bernard Carl Foreman
The Doctor Doug Chapman
set design Michael Griggs
costume design Miranda Hoffman
lighting design DM Wood
sound design David Remedios
stage manager Katherine Shea
dramaturg Sean Bartley