David Mamet originally wrote The Water Engine in 1977 as a radio drama, and that’s how the Asolo Conservatory actors start out playing it. But the presentational style becomes a backdrop for downstage representational acting of the story. Here, the mix makes for progress that echoes the time and setting: Chicago, 1934, at the height of the Century of Progress Fair. It touted science and industry as the ways out of recession, eading to everyone’s getting work and achieving the American Dream.
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