Ricardo Pinto came to London from Portugal in 1974, and has now set up a theatre in the Hope And Anchor for the use of his two companies. Its opening production shows David Mamet's precise ear for the natural rhythms of Chicagoan hustle-speak, and Pinto's complete inability – having given himself the lead – to perform them. Imagine Toshiro Mifune playing Archie Rice. Fine, why not? Now imagine Toshiro Mifune can't act. It's that bad – almost perversely recommendable, but ultimately just very painful.
Written for City Limits magazine.
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