Nowhere to turn in Merrimack Rep’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

David Adkins (left) and Will LeBow in the Merrimack Repertory Theatre production of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.’’
David Adkins (left) and Will LeBow in the Merrimack Repertory Theatre production of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.’’ Meghan Moore

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LOWELL — Watching Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross’’ is a double-edged experience.

You feel the inward glow of satisfaction that comes from seeing a great play directed with insight and performed by a skilled ensemble. But you also feel a pang as you consider how many years it’s been since the playwright wrote anything nearly as good. It’s like seeing archival footage on ESPN of a no-hitter by a pitcher who has long since lost his fastball.

Merrimack Rep’s topnotch production of “Glengarry Glen Ross,’’ directed by Charles Towers, brings us back to a time before Mamet’s style calcified into mannerism, before he began to turn out gnarled, willfully opaque dramas.

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