"Race" Opens On Broadway: Kerry Washington Is Hot But The Play Is Not

by ERIC UGLAND · December 7, 2009

David Alan Grier, James Spader, Kerry Washington, Richard Thomas The reviews might have been tepid, but the guest list for the opening of David Mamet's new play was hot: Alec Baldwin, Emmy Rossum, and Isabella Rossellini were all in the audience at the controversial new play.

[All photos by JP Pullos for PMc] No stranger to controversy, Mamet tackles the perpetually sticky subject of race in his aptly named new play, "Race", but does so with a sense that is rare for Mamet, that he is, almost, nervous about the manner in which he goes about it. Tiptoeing instead of making the bold strides Mamet has become known for. Sure, the language is rife with four letter words and expertly woven together, but something is lacking.

What isn't lacking is Kerry Washington. Her pink dress (pink for theatre, blue for film, I'd venture) was a knockout. Also attending were long-time Mamet friend Alec Baldwin, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz and his young lover Emmy Rossum, "Nurse Jackie" star Edie Falco and Isabella Rossellini. Absent in photos was writer-director David Mamet.

"Race" is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in an open ended run.

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