Every story has two sides.
When an unconventional professor tries to help a struggling female student who is failing his class, the end result is far beyond what either originally expected in this shocking case of “he said, she said.” What begins as a simple meeting behind closed doors leads to misinterpretations, accusations and a high-stakes struggle for power. This controversial play by David Mamet (creator of The Unit and author of Glengarry Glen Ross) promises to defy expectations and challenge opinions. Who is right; who is wrong? Who is to say in this examination of power, privilege and political correctness?
The tile-covered walls deep inside Triad Stage reverberated with the voices of men who had been unnerved by what they had just witnessed. Opening night of David Mamet’s Oleanna sparked a vigorous postmortem in the men’s room.
A theater, like a symphony, needs to take on intellectually challenging projects, as much for its audiences as itself, if it exists truly for the edification of the community. Triad Stage’s latest production, Oleanna, written by David Mamet, is one of those productions.
There is no “easy button” for Oleanna. What you expect to happen doesn’t happen. What you never expect to happen happens. That makes for a very off-balance, taken-aback audience, which was no doubt Mamet’s — and Triad Stage director Preston Lane’s — intention.