November is a 2008 comedic play by David Mamet. It premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on January 17, 2008, and ran until July of that year. The production was directed by Joe Mantello, and starred Nathan Lane as Charles Smith, incumbent President of the United States in need of serious help to win the upcoming election. Laurie Metcalf was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Smith's lesbian speechwriter Clarice Bernstein, who tries to persuade Smith to support gay marriage.
This play contains examples of:
- Magical Native American: Played with in the form of Dwight Grackle, who fits several aspects of the trope, being a Native American with a spiritual bent, but he's not especially magical, and much of his posturing is a cynical ploy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Reading the play, it's natural to expect Smith to be played as a parody of George W. Bush, but Nathan Lane did no such thing.
- No Name Given: The representative for the National Association of Turkey Manufacturers is not given a name.