David Mamet's Modern Heist Classic American Buffalo
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I attended the Thurs night preview with (unfortunately) only about a dozen other people. I thought I noticed a few flubs of lines, but not bad for a preview. Overall, I was very positively impressed by the performance of the actors. If you are offended by "intense" language and some violent behavior, this is not the play for you. But the delivery by the actors was excellent. Not sure the ending was all that satisfying, but that's a problem with Mamet's script, not with the performers. May have to rent the 1996 movie of the play (Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz) for comparison.
Bottom line: I definitely recommend the play (with the above language caveat). This is theater which should be supported.
In a cluttered, run-down Chicago junk shop, three small-time crooks, Donny, Bobby and Teach, plot to steal a valuable buffalo nickel. As the heist unravels, the men’s frustration and paranoia intensify. With its gritty characters and sharp comic language, American Buffalo officially put Mamet on the map when it first premiered in 1975.
American Buffalo was named Best American Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle in 1976–77. Now a modern classic, American Buffalo is the story of three men struggling in the pursuit of their distorted vision of the American Dream. By turns touching and cynical, poignant and violent, American Buffalo is a piercing story of how people can be corrupted into betraying their ideals and those they love.
ATSF's production is directed by founding member Keith Phillips and featuring ensemble members Christian Phillips, Randy Hurst, Joe Napoli, and Vlad Sayenko. Set design by James Baldock and Jenna Welch, Light Design by Rachel Klyce with technical direction provided by James Baldock.