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photo As his friend actor William H. Macy says, "A lot of people have suggested that David Mamet simply records conversations and writes them down, which cannot be farther from the truth. He's a poet." The Atlantic Theater Company, which Mamet founded 16 years ago, presented a full season of his plays in 2000. From the macho posturing of the men in "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" to Macy's portrayal of Teach in "American Buffalo," Mamet's men talk tough, but eventually reveal their vulnerability.

Jerry Goes Macho