November (play)

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Written byDavid Mamet
CharactersPresident Charles Smith
Clarice Bernstein
Date premieredJanuary 17, 2008 (2008-01-17)
Place premieredEthel Barrymore Theatre
New York City
Original languageEnglish
SettingA few days before a major presidential election in the Oval Office of the White House

November is a play written by David Mamet which premiered on Broadway in 2008.[1]


November premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on December 20, 2007 (previews), officially on January 17, 2008 and closed on July 13, 2008 after 205 performances and 33 previews. The play was directed by Joe Mantello and starred Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf, Ethan Phillips, Michael Nichols and Dylan Baker.[2] [3] Metcalf received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play.

The New England premiere took place at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston in October 2008, directed by Daniel Gidron.[4]

It premiered at Houston's Alley Theatre in August 2012, directed by Sanford Robbins.[5]


Billed as a comedy, November centers on President Charles Smith (originally played by Nathan Lane) several days before his second election. Metcalf played Clarice Bernstein, Smith's speechwriter, and Baker played Archer Brown, Smith's advisor. Phillips portrayed The Turkey Representative, and Nichols portrays Indian Chief Dwight Grackle.

Critical reception[edit]

The play received mixed reviews.[6] Ben Brantley in The New York Times wrote that it is a "glib and jaunty new play", and that "Mr. Lane, it goes without saying, knows exactly how to pitch such lines, with a time-honed style that allows him to put the maximum spin on poisonous zingers and still keep the audience on his side."[7]


  1. ^ Robertson, Campbell (2007-05-10). "Mamet to Return to Theater of Politics". New York Times.
  2. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (2007-12-20). "Election Day: Lane Is U.S. President in Mamet's November on Broadway". Playbill.
  3. ^ "'November' Broadway Productiion" Archived 2015-12-25 at the Wayback Machine, accessed October 24, 2015
  4. ^ Giuliano, Charles. "David Mamet's 'November'", November 2, 2008
  5. ^ "Alley Theatre presents 'November' by David Mamet", accessed October 24, 2015
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Mamet, Cornered in the Oval Office", The New York Times, January 18, 2008.

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