Saturday, November 27, 2010

Upcoming: The Duck Variations by David Mamet, Confidence Men for Dys Theatre at Hyde Park Theatre, December 3

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The Duck Variations

10:30 p.m., December 3 at the Hyde Park Theatre, 511 West 43rd Street (at Guadalupe)

To help raise funds for their 2011 production of Sam Shepard's True West, local theatre troupe Dystheatre stages the comedy The Duck Variations, a play by David Mamet. Featuring the B. Iden Payne award-winning improv troupe, 'Confidence Men: Improvised Mamet,' the one-night production runs Friday, December 3rd, at the Hyde Park Theatre.

"We're directing all our emphasis on the 'variations' portion of the play's title," said Dystheatre's Michael Ferstenfeld. "Mr. Mamet makes a note in the script's stage directions that there is a similarity between the fourteen scenes in the play and movements in a symphony."

"We'll have a live original score by Jackie Myers, each piece a unique variation on an original riff, and the scenes themselves will explore myriad relationships - from mother and son, to brothers, to a married couple, to a pair of hardened gangsters taking a break in the city park," he said. "As far as we can tell, nobody has ever attempted such a diverse interpretation of The Duck Variations, so we promise a profoundly unique experience."

Written in 1972, The Duck Variations centers around two elderly men sitting at a park talking about ducks. The dialogue moves from the mating habits of ducks and to discussions of law, friendship and death.

The December 3rd performance begins at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 to $30, possible on-line at the website.

The Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 West 43rd Street. For reservations and more information, visit

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