Atlantic Theater Company,
336 W. 20th St.
(betw. 8th & 9th Aves.),
239-6200,
through Nov. 21.

Watery Myths
David Mamet is not usually thought of as a political playwright. None of his plays deal with topical issues purely for their own sake, and he has reiterated his abhorrence of explicit polemicism in drama on numerous occasions. Now, any definition of political theater that has no room for Glengarry Glen Ross or Speed-the-Plow (or Waiting for Godot or Richard Foreman's Paradise Hotel, for that matter) is uselessly narrow to my mind, but everyone understands what is usually meant by the honorific "political" when it comes to theater: it means writing like Brecht's. As it happens, Mamet himself once tried his hand at a Brechtian political parable, tailoring it to his own esthetic, and the result was a somewhat rough-edged drama of enduring beauty, now receiving a proud revival as the opening show of the Atlantic Theater Company's all-Mamet 15th-anniversary season.