Written in 1974, Sexual Perversity in Chicago explores the complexity of men giving themselves to women and vice-versa. It's a one-act drama about a stormy couple whose relationship is threatened by a misogynist friend. In 2001, it had a major revival, starring Charlotte Randle and Alan Westaway, at the Sheffield Crucible in a double bill with another Mamet play, The Shawl.
While Driver has appeared on stage before - including ten years ago in the Almeida's production of Chatsky - she's best known for her films, including Good Will Hunting, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Governess, Circle of Friends and An Ideal Husband.
Mamet's plays include Glengarry Glen Ross (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), Oleanna, American Buffalo, Boston Marriage and Speed the Plow, all of which have had major London productions. He's also well known for his films, such as The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Untouchables, Hoffa and Wag the Dog, as well as several adaptations of his plays.
In London, Sexual Perversity in Chicago will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who will also be undertaking a production of Nick Dear's new play Power, starring Robert Lindsay and Rupert Penry-Jones at the NT Cottesloe this summer (See News, 23 Jan 2003). The Mamet play is produced by Mark Rubinstein, Sonia Friedman and Old Vic Productions. Further casting and creative has not yet been announced.
Currently at the Comedy Theatre, Roger Allam and Whatsonstage.com winner Gillian Anderson this weekend finish their run in What the Night Is For. It's followed next week by the transfer of the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Tom Courtenay's one-man tribute to Philip Larkin, Pretending to Be Me, which has a limited eight-week season from 12 February to 12 April 2003.
- by Terri Paddock