Mamet fest to hit Boston

American Repertory Theater spotlights scribe

With David Mamet plays becoming a trend on the Rialto these days, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., is focusing attention on the scribe as well.

The org, which is topped by a.d. Diane Paulus (“Hair”), will present a fest of Mamet comedies beginning in May.

Centerpiece of the event is “Romance,” the courthouse farce that had a hit run Off Broadway in 2005. The Beantown-area staging, helmed by Scott Zigler, will run May 9-June 7 at the Loeb Drama Center.

Also on the fest’s slate are “Seriously Funny,” a collection of short comedies by Mamet, Harold Pinter and Shel Silverstein that will run May 29-June 6, and a double bill of Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and “The Duck Variations” skedded to run June 11-28.

“Sex, Satire, Romance and Ducks: A David Mamet Celebration” is presented by A.R.T. and the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

A.R.T. has previously produced world preems of Mamet works including “Oleanna,” “The Old Neighborhood” and “Boston Marriage.”

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