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The Conservative David Mamet

David Mamet's new book 'Theatre' confirms the playwright's exeunt from 'brain-dead liberalism', a move to the right which he originally announced in the Village Voice. "Mamet dismisses state subsidy for the theatrical arts as no more than a means of propping up incompetent 'champions of right thinking' whose work would otherwise be incapable of attracting an audience. Such playwrights, he says, are purveyors of politically correct 'pseudodramas' that 'begin with a conclusion (capitalism, America, men, and so on, are bad) and award the audience for applauding its agreement.' For Mamet, such plays are the opposite of true theater, whose power lies not in its willingness to coddle our preconceptions but its unparalleled ability to shock us into seeing the world as it really is."
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