Stage plays on TV are usually as lifelike as Naugahyde, but David Mamet’s spare adaptation of his own 1977 drama escapes the genre’s deadlier possibilities. Set in the ’30s, The Water Engine — about an apocryphal invention and the currents of avarice and ill luck that swirl it down the drain — is both cerebral and beguiling. There is keen acting by Patti LuPone, Charles Durning, and Mamet regular Joe Mantegna. And there is complexity at its core, left thoughtfully unreduced. B+
The Water Engine Stage plays on TV are usually as lifelike as Naugahyde, but David Mamet's spare adaptation of his own 1977 drama escapes the genre's deadlier...The Water EngineDramaUnrated Stage plays on TV are usually as lifelike as Naugahyde, but David Mamet's spare adaptation of his own 1977 drama escapes the genre's deadlier...1995-05-19
Genre: Drama; Starring: Charles Durning, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy; Director: Steven Schachter; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted May 19 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT
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