David Mamet's The Anarchist swiftly closes its doors

Dec 5, 2012 at 2:09 p.m. ET

The Anarchist prepares for its final bow. The new David Mamet play is cutting its Broadway run short. Its final performance is scheduled for later this month.

The Anarchist Closing

We have bad news for David Mamet's latest Broadway play: The two-character drama, The Anarchist, starring Debra Winger and Patti LuPone is coming to an abrupt end. The show's producers have announced its closing.

The Anarchist was originally set to run through Feb. 17. Unfortunately, it didn't catch on with critics or theatergoers. The show began previews Nov. 13 and officially opened on Dec. 2. Upon closing, it will have played 23 previews and 17 performances.

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According to Playbill, The Anarchist centers on one woman in the midst of serving a life sentence, and another who must decide if she's fit for parole. Prior to its opening, the show was marketed as an epic character study.

"LuPone plays the title character and Winger plays a prison official. These actresses will make theatrical fireworks as one character, put away for life, wants out while the other wants to make sure she stays inside," producers said. "This explosive new work by Mamet is about passion, redemption, deception, and revolution."

LuPone's no stranger to the stage or Mamet. She's a two-time Tony Award winner (Evita, Gypsy) who first worked with the playwright in 1977. When it came to The Anarchist, she revealed, "This is truly, truly among the most challenging things I've ever done. It was one of the hardest things to memorize."

Hopefully, she and Mamet will reunite in the near future. But for now, The Anarchist has run its course. Better luck next time.

The Anarchist officially closes Dec. 16.

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