NYT: Pacino in Broadway Revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross”

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Al Pacino is really not known for playing desperate losers. Would his trademark bellicose and bluster work as Shelly “The Machine” Levene ?

We’ll find out soon enough. According to The New York Times‘ ArtsBeat blog–which I guess means that it’s the arts blog of record–reports that a Broadway revival of David Mamet’s classic testosterone swear-fest/drama is in the works for the 2012-13 season with Pacino “in line” to play Levene.

What’s strange about this is Pacino earned an Academy Award nomination as hot shot salesman Ricky Roma in the 1992 film. Now, he’s playing a character that is the embodiment of sad-sack. Levene was played in the film by Jack Lemmon, and it’s one of the great actor’s best performances. (“The Simpsons'” epic loser Gil borrows super-liberally from Lemmon’s work there.) On Broadway, Levene was played by Robert Prosky and Alan Alda.

I’ll hand it to Pacino for not playing another cop or tough guy. However the production goes down, it won’t be boring. Another reassuring sign, according to the Times: Jeffrey Richards, the revival’s producer, has worked with Pacino and has mounted several Mamet plays on the Great White Way.

Now, if there was a way to see this without dipping into my 401K…

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