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.
Where Bitter Wheat should have had so much to say, it manages to spend two hours saying very little at all
For a play that sets its stall as a black comedy, however, it is no laughing matter - in any sense
The most controversial play of the year is shaping up to be the worst
Not even John Malkovich can lift David Mamet’s slack Weinstein drama
Despite a smattering of Mamet’s famously staccato wisecracks, the play feels lazy, crude and empty
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
David Mamet’s latest play, written in response to the Weinstein allegations, is a flabby, cynical and pointless effort
John Malkovich brilliantly captures the bluster, sexual hubris and insecurities of Harvey Weinstein
No fiction, as Mamet’s play proves, can ever quite match the hideousness of Hollywood reality
Bitter Wheat is not the show to look at abuse from a victim’s perspective
John Malkovich is creepily brilliant in an Mamet’s otherwise ill-judged ‘Weinstein’ drama