Anytime you get the chance to see Al Pacino on stage, you should go. Even if he is just reading his Christmas cards, he is mesmerizing.  Even if he is just yelling at people on a telephone for almost the entire length of a two-hour 10 minute play.  Really.

Usually Mamet and Pacino are a good fit, though not particularly in the most recent revival of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.  In CHINA DOLL, a farfetched tale of greed and politics, you get the feeling that David Mamet has watched too many episodes of HOUSE OF CARDS. But where HOUSE OF CARDS breaks the fourth wall to create a heightened reality, CHINA DOLL remains incredulously unrealistic while mired in our everyday existence.

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