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Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108
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"American Buffalo"
97 ratings
4.3 average rating
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3 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

Very well done. Acting was superb.

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15 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

Great acting - really enjoyed the play!

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8 stars
attended Jul 30 2011

This was an outstanding production of this play, very well acted and effectively staged. Bravo to the Actors Theatre!

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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.