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Alicia Silverstone, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Mary Steenburgen Cast in David Mamet's 'Boston Marriage' at Geffen Playhouse.

LOS ANGELES -- It's girls' night out in Mametville as the Geffen Playhouse presents Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's "Boston Marriage," a wickedly sharp drawing room comedy about two fashionable, upper-class women involved in a "Boston marriage," a Victorian euphemism for a long-term, intimate relationship between two unmarried, financially independent women. Directed by Mamet, the production features Rebecca Pidgeon as Claire, Alicia Silverstone as Catherine, and Academy Award-winning Mary Steenburgen as Anna.

Called "...one of the funniest American comedies in years," by the New York Post, "Boston Marriage" is a wildly witty, biting satire about barely repressed desire, hostility between social classes, and decorous vulgarity. The play had its world premiere in 1999 at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it was directed by Mamet, and also starred Pidgeon as Claire and Felicity Huffman as Anna.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, "Move aside boys, with your gutter talk and con games and slovenly ways. It's girls' night out in Mametville...these ladies are refined...And believe it or not, they talk as pretty as anyone out of Oscar Wilde."

Throughout "Boston Marriage," Mamet's character Anna loathes the ennui of everyday domestic life. Her unexpected response to conflict and adversity creates the ultimate parody of social proprieties, collapses class distinctions, and demonstrates how even sophisticated women of society--no less than men--will stop at nothing to get what they want.

In the 19th century, the term "Boston Marriage" was used for households where two women lived together, independent of any male support. Whether these were lesbian relationships--in the sexual sense--is often debated. The term was apparently coined after Henry James' book The Bostonians detailed a marriage-like relationship between two women described as "New Women" in the language of the time. These were women who were independent, not married, and self-supporting.

"Boston Marriage" opens at the Geffen Playhouse in previews on January 31, 2005, with an official press opening on February 8, 2006, and runs through March 12, 2006. The Geffen Playhouse is located at 10886 Le Conte in Los Angeles. Log on to geffenplayhouse.com or call (310) 208-5454 for ticket information.
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