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Theater & art

Stage Review

David Mamet’s sluggish ‘The Anarchist’ falls flat

NEW YORK — In the 1970s and 1980s, there was an impossible-to-ignore electricity crackling through David Mamet plays like “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,’’ “American Buffalo,’’ “Glengarry Glen Ross,’’ and “Speed-the-Plow.’’

But of late Mamet has been experiencing a severe power outage. Even Nathan Lane couldn’t transcend the shallowness of “November,’’ a toothless 2008 political satire in which Lane portrayed the president. “Race,’’ which premiered three years ago on Broadway and was produced this fall at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, proved more glib than illuminating in its treatment of a weighty subject.

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