Three Uses of the Knife

On the Nature and Purpose of Drama

By David Mamet
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704239, 96pp.)

Publication Date: June 13, 2000

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The purpose of theater, like magic like religion…ids to inspire cleansing awe. With bracing directness and aphoristic authority, one of our greatest living playwrights addresses the questions: What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? David Mamet believes that the tendency to dramatize is essential to human nature, that we create drama out of everything from today’s weather to next year’s elections. But the highest expression of this drive remains the theater.
         With a cultural range that encompasses Shakespeare, Bretcht, and Ibsen, Death of a Salesman and Bad Day at Black Rock, Mamet shows us how to distinguish true drama from its false variants. He considers the impossibly difficult progression between one act and the next and the mysterious function of the soliloquy. The result, in Three Uses of the Knife, is an electrifying treatise on the playwright’s art that is also a strikingly original work of moral and aesthetic philosophy. 




About the Author
DAVID MAMET is a director as well as the author of numerous acclaimed plays, books, and screenplays. His play "Glengarry Glen Ross" won a Pulitzer Prize, and his screenplays for "The Verdict" and "Wag the Dog "were nominated for Academy Awards. He lives in Santa Monica, California
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