Onstage: Race

David Mamet is a playwright known for dialogue that comes at you like a spray of bullets from an automatic weapon.

David Mamet is a playwright known for dialogue that comes at you like a spray of bullets from an automatic weapon. He’s accurately called it “an ability to speak the language viciously.” Race, his 2009 play, approaches that sensitive titular topic head-on when two lawyers — one black, one white — defend an influential white businessman accused of raping a black woman. A new legal assistant, a young black woman, stirs this turbulent pot to the point of boiling over. This is a show about things people think but don’t often say, and true to Mamet’s style, no punches are pulled. 


Through April 25. $20-$25. New Edgecliff Theatre, The Hoffner Lodge, 4120 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 888-428-7311, newedgecliff.com.

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