Al Pacino is heading back to Broadway. He’s set to star in David Mamet’s China Doll, a play written specifically for him. Mamet describes China Doll as a “play about a wealthy man, his young fiancée, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semi-retirement, and enjoy himself. He’s in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…” Mamet says the characters are Mickey Ross, a billionaire; Carson, the assistant, and a telephone. “I wrote it for Al. It is better than oral sex,” adds Mamet.
In response, Pacino said: “For me over the years the relationship and the collaboration with David Mamet has been one of the richest and most rewarding. We’ve done four projects together and the opportunity to create a new character in the David Mamet canon was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. So Dave gave me China Doll, a new play he had written for me and it blew me away… one of the most daunting and challenging roles I’ve been given to explore onstage.”
Pacino was last seen on Broadway in 2012-2013 playing the role of Shelly Levene in Mamet’s acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Glengarry Glen Ross. His other Broadway credits include The Merchant Of Venice, Salome, Hughie and Chinese Coffee. He’ll next be seen in Barry Levinson-directed The Humbling, which is getting early Oscar buzz.