To this critic, as to many Short+Sweet patrons, this programme of two peformances of 12 plays over the weekend of the 20 and 21 March was the most keenly anticipated of the programme. 

Real estate is just dirt, when you boil it right down, and Mamet’s pedlars of property sure are dirty.

Swapping 16th Century Verona for 1930s Hollywood, and a lengthy title for the short and snappy “Two Gents”, the text takes on new meaning in the slick, glamorous world of studio system stars and overbearing producers.

Nicci Wilks delivers both physically and vocally filling the large fortyfivedownstairs warehouse space with ease in this one woman show.

This play is that guest at your dinner party who, with one potent observation, generates such discomfort that all assembled clamber for composure after the resonating truth has been spoken.

It’s been far too many Friday nights spent indoors and away from the luscious velvet curtains of the Princess Theatre and icy blonde locks of Draco Malfoy.

A small group of amateur actors, some professionals, no overarching theme for some ten minute plays. What could possibly go wrong?

I have heard many performances of this great work over the years, starting with Barenboim’s of the 1960s. But Levit’s gave me a new insight into it.

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