In David Mamet's latest play, a male college instructor and his female student sit down to discuss her grades and in a terrifyingly short time become the participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. And the relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his seemingly hapless pupil turns into a fiendishly accurate X ray of the mechanisms of power, censorship, and abuse.
"David Mamet has raised outrage to an art form. . . . Oleanna is...a scorcher. The woods are burning, and all of us are being seared in the fire."- Boston Globe "Mamet's clenched fist to the gut-and intellect...a vicious and timely riff on sexual harassment and political correctness. Pinter, Albee, Miller. They're all looking over Mamet's shoulder."- New York "Wholly absorbing...a virtuoso performance...As if ripped right from the typewriter, it could not be more direct in its technique or incendiary in its ambition. . . . Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any other play this year."- The New York Times "Our foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy."- Newsweek