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>> Always be closing.
All right, Christian Slater in London starring in Glengarry Glen Ross starring at the Playhouse Theatre. David Mamet's play about greed and abusive power in a 1980s real estate firm.>> A very male dominated, testosterone riddled play. So it's kinda nice to hold that up as a mirror and a reflection as to where we are today.
>> And that world today is one where abuse of power has been dominating headlines. Such as the allegations of sexual harassment by powerful figures in showbiz and politics.>> I think for a long time we've been sweeping so many things under the carpet. And living with these hush hush little secrets that everybody kinda knows about but doesn't really want to do anything about.
That era has to come to an end. And women and men and everybody has to feel comfortable in the workplace, and in every place, and this sort of behavior of taking advantage and manipulating people is, that's over.>> For director Sam Yates the play shines a light on how language is used to control people.
Something he thinks is particularly prescient now.>> We have a President in the United States who cuts his teeth selling real estate in the 80s. So, the way language is used by these guys in the play. There's certainly many many echos with how you see Trump buying for time.
Or covering up the huge lack of understanding, or pushing a point, or selling something basically.>> Slater says that kind of obfuscation must be swept away.>> There's too many salesmen, too many people worried about other people's agendas, and voters to actually communicate in an honest, direct way.