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Yet another mini Mamet

'Woolf' opens on Broadway

Producer Jeffrey Richards has been shaking up Broadway’s opening night conventions this fall. His production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” opened on a Saturday night, rather than the more common Thursday or Sunday that would land reviews in a prime daily edition. His production of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” initially set to open Nov. 11, still hasn’t opened due to a delay the producer attributed to superstorm Sandy.

The latest opening of a Richards production, David Mamet’s “The Anarchist,” set an unusual curtain time of 4 p.m. Sunday. Given the running time of just 70 minutes, at least the early curtain meant everyone was home at a reasonable hour.

That was less true for the press who turned out for the opening party at Redeye Grill. Writer-director Mamet never talks to the media, so his beret-clad brush-off wasn’t a surprise. But when, about an hour after the show ended, cast member Debra Winger turned up, she unexpectedly bowed out of press duties too. It took co-star Patti LuPone at least 75 minutes to make it to the party — a reminder that while she’s always good for a bon mot, she’ll still make you wait for it.

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