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1st Street Players bring David Mamet plays to Birdsboro

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STORY WRITTEN BY CHERYL THORNBURG 
cthornburg@pottsmerc.com
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BIRDSBORO – The newly formed 1st Street Players, who delivered a delightful production of “Big the Musical’ in August, will stage “A Night of One-Act Plays by David Mamet” this weekend. Mamet is best known for his longer plays such as 1983’s Pulitzer-winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” which was turned into a feature film in 1992 starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey.
This production features two of his lesser-known plays.

Bill Eschbach and Jerry Wendel play two old men in David Mamet’s “Duck Variations.” Submitted photo

Bill Eschbach and Jerry Wendel play two old men in David Mamet’s “Duck Variations.”
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“An Interview” is about a lawyer defending himself in Hell. The back of the script summarizes it this way, “an oblique, mystifying interrogation. A sleazy lawyer is forced to answer difficult questions and to admit the truth about his life and career. The why and where of the interrogation provide a surprise ending to this brilliant twenty minute comedy.”

:“An Interview” features Bill Eschbach as the Attendant and Jerry Wendel as the Attorney. Submitted photo

:“An Interview” features Bill Eschbach as the Attendant and Jerry Wendel as the Attorney.
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The cast for “An Interview” features Jerry Wendel as the Attorney and Bill Eschbach as the Attendant.
“The Duck Variations” revolves around two older men in a park talking wildly about many things they think they know about, but mostly about ducks. The script describes it as “a play that dramatizes the old adage that people who talk the most with authority about something are the ones most likely to know the least about it. Two old men discuss the ways of ducks and life, making observations that are profoundly hilarious.”
The cast for “The Duck Variations” includes Emil Vare played by Bill Eschbach and George S. Aronovitz played by Jerry Wendel.
Both plays are directed by Bill Eschbach. The stage manager is Molly O’ Brien. Lighting design is by Emily Bausher and Bill Eschbach, lighting execution by Emily Bausher and Austin Harak and sound by Rick Dietrich.
IF YOU GO: “A Night of One Act Plays by David Mamet” runs Friday Sept. 25 and Saturday Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Birdsboro Community Theater, 301 E 1st Street, Birdsboro Pa 19508. Tickets are $15. Tickets can be ordered by calling 610-220-8209 or emailing 1ststreetplayers@gmail.com.

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