Who are Shelly Levene and John Williamson?
David Mamet 's play shows the author as a perfectionist. He orchestrates the dialogue like a composer, sometimes directing two characters to keep interrupting each other or to speak at once. Mamet seems to have chosen his characters' names with great care. Shelly's reminds the audience of the English Romantic poet Percy Shelley. This is appropriate because Shelly Levene has a vivid, though crooked, creative imagination and a sort of vernacular eloquence. By contrast, John Williamson could not possibly have a more commonplace name. It sounds like an unoriginal alias. His...
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