The Cryptogram | Critical Review by Jeremy Gerard

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of The Cryptogram.
This section contains 865 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy The Cryptogram

SOURCE: A review of The Cryptogram, in Variety, April 17, 1995, p. 45.

[In the following, Gerard positively reviews The Cryptogram, discussing, in particular, the horror generated by the play's final scene.]

It's impossible to imagine anyone being prepared for the closing seconds of The Cryptogram, a quietly shattering finale that caps 80 of the most densely packed, emotionally searing minutes this season—or any recent season, for that matter—has offered. As one would expect from David Mamet, the scene is played with a spareness of affect that belies an ambiguity beneath the surface: It is only a young boy climbing a staircase to the attic of his home, as his mother and a family friend look on. But the boy is carrying a hunting knife, and what use he will make of it is almost unbearable to imagine.

As the play's title demands, we find...

(read more)

This section contains 865 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy The Cryptogram
Copyrights
Literature Criticism Series
The Cryptogram from Literature Criticism Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook