Bitter Wheat
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Bitter Wheat

2.5 (15) · New Writing

Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent.

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27 August 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
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Bitter Wheat is a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul. It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound which is show business, and leaves us better human beings, and fitter to once more confront the horror of life.

Our hero, Barney Fein, is a bloated monster- a studio head, who, like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured to his cave

His fall from power to shame is a mythic journey which has been compared to The Odyssey by people who claim to have read that book.

A new play starring John Malkovich, written and directed by David Mamet in a good mood.

Critic reviews

For a play that sets its stall as a black comedy, however, it is no laughing matter - in any sense

London Theatre

The most controversial play of the year is shaping up to be the worst

The Arts Desk

Not even John Malkovich can lift David Mamet’s slack Weinstein drama

The Telegraph

Despite a smattering of Mamet’s famously staccato wisecracks, the play feels lazy, crude and empty

Evening Standard

Doon Mackichan, as the loyal, patient PA who acts as Fein's enabler and support, and Ioanna Kimbook making an impressive West End debut as the actress who is lured into his traps, they both do their best with virtually unplayable and criminally under-written roles


David Mamet’s Harvey Weinstein-inspired satire is bad, weird and pointless

Time Out

David Mamet’s latest play, written in response to the Weinstein allegations, is a flabby, cynical and pointless effort

The Stage

John Malkovich brilliantly captures the bluster, sexual hubris and insecurities of Harvey Weinstein

The Independent

No fiction, as Mamet’s play proves, can ever quite match the hideousness of Hollywood reality

The Guardian

John Malkovich is creepily brilliant in an Mamet’s otherwise ill-judged ‘Weinstein’ drama

Financial Times

John Malkovich is skin-crawlingly magnificent

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Fri 7 Jun - Sat 21 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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