Carlyle Hotel piano bar — Sunday, 12.6.09, 11:20 am.

What they really mean is, “Don’t even think of taking out your laptop while you’re eating here. This isn’t the New York Public Library. Find a Starbucks, fella.”

Curtain at the Ethel Barrymore theatre last night before the start of David Mamet’s Race, a tautly written, at times hilarious, highly absorbing piece about what the enormous and perhaps even insurmountable gap that lies between the races. The excellent James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas costar. On the level of Speed The Plow but not Glengarry Glen Ross — no offense.