In a new adaptation of David Mamet’s film, Harvard-educated psychoanalyst Margaret Ford is celebrated for her best selling book ‘Driven! Compulsion and Obsession in Every Day Life’. Stepping in to help one of her patients settle his gambling debts, she compromises her professional reputation and is drawn into the seedy underworld of the House of Games poker club.
Seduced by charismatic hustler Mike, Margaret convinces herself that she can make an academic study of the con. Before she realises it, Margaret is entangled in a fast-paced complex thriller.
"Richard Bean’s darkly comic script, while retaining some of the taut intensity of the movie, as well as Mamet’s favourite themes of dishonesty, betrayal and love’s ability to cloud judgement, has a wildly different outcome. It actually works."
"David Mamet’s 1987 movie House of Games is one of the modern cinema’s psychological thriller greats. It’s also mysterious and sometimes impenetrable. Richard Bean’s new stage adaptation is true but different, gripping but transparent, and full of genuine stage thrills."
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