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China Doll (play)

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China Doll (play)

China Doll is a play by David Mamet.


  • Production 1
  • Reception 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The play opened on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 21, 2015 in previews, with the official opening scheduled for November 19.[1]

Al Pacino plays billionaire "Mickey Ross" and Christopher Denham plays his assistant "Carson" in the two-character play.[2][3][4] The play is directed by Pam MacKinnon, with scenery by Derek McLane, lighting by Russell H. Champa and costumes by Jess Goldstein.[4]

Pacino said of his character and the play: "...'one of the most daunting and challenging roles I've been given to explore onstage. It's a special gift to originate a role in the theatre, especially written by such a formidable writer, and I haven't done that in a long, long time...' "[5]


The early reviews have been negative. The New York Post called it a "terrible new play"... "Preview audiences are having none of it. The exodus at intermission is practically a stampede, and sources say some have angrily demanded refunds."[6]


  1. ^ Cox, Gordon. "Al Pacino in ‘China Doll’ Sets Dates for Broadway" Variety, April 2, 2015
  2. ^ Ng, David (16 October 2014). "Al Pacino will star in new David Mamet play". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "David Mamet's 'China Doll' Adds Fran Kranz Opposite Pacino". New York Times. AP. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Gans, Andrew and Viagas, Robert. "Christopher Denham Replaces Fran Kranz in 'China Doll', Starring Al Pacino; David Mamet Play Extends Run" playbill, August 19, 2015
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew and Viagas, Robert. "Tix to Al Pacino's Broadway Return in David Mamet's 'China Doll' On Sale Today" Playbill, June 5, 2015
  6. ^ Riedel, Michael. "Al Pacino needs teleprompters for lines in terrible new Broadway play | New York Post". Retrieved 2015-10-30. 

External links

  • Internet Broadway DatabaseChina Doll

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