Set in a
Boston Victorian drawing room, circa 1900, David Mamet’s play could be
described as a droll comedy of errors…but it is a lot more!
Claire are two bantering, scheming ladies of fashion who have long lived
together on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has just become the
mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald
and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable
young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna’s help for an assignation.
the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna’s hapless parlour
maid, Claire’s young inamorata suddenly appears, setting off a crisis that
puts the valuable emerald at risk and threatens the women’s future.