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The Water Engine

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The Water Engine

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Charles Durning, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy
director:
Steven Schachter
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Stage plays on TV are usually as lifelike as Naugahyde, but David Mamet’s spare adaptation of his own 1977 drama escapes the genre’s deadlier possibilities. Set in the ’30s, The Water Engine — about an apocryphal invention and the currents of avarice and ill luck that swirl it down the drain — is both cerebral and beguiling. There is keen acting by Patti LuPone, Charles Durning, and Mamet regular Joe Mantegna. And there is complexity at its core, left thoughtfully unreduced. B+

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