David Mamet's efficiently streamlined adaptation of Harley Granville Barker's morality play is tastefully intelligent and, as it concerns financial wrongdoings somewhat analogous to recent scandals such as Enron, it's also timely. Why then did I find it so damned boring? I can't fault the actors: Michael Stuhlbarg, in particular, is excellent: he centers the play with an appropriately brow-knotted performance to depict a deeply moral man struggling with the nuanced realities of right and wrong. Maybe I found the play so tiresome because I never got swept up in the nuances that had to be considered: no matter what the play did to muddy the waters, right and wrong always seemed clear to me.
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