American Buffalo, a play by by American playwright, film director, screenwriter and author David Mamet (born 1947) , for which he won the New York Drama Critics Award. The play shows a day in the lives of three small-time crooks. In the Chicago junk shop owned by one of them, they plan a robbery but only succeed in deceiving each other and quarrelling. First performed in 1975, revived in 1983 with Al Pacino playing the role of Teach. It is critically acknowledged as a classic of the modern American theatre.
Performance history in South Africa
1988: Directed by Peter Goldsmid, performed in the Baxter Theatre Studio 8-31 March 1988. Ian Roberts played Donny, Sean Taylor Teach and Bobby was played by Nicky Rebelo. Decor was by Brian Collins, lighting by Nigel Sweet.
Translations and adaptations
American Buffalo theatre programme (Baxter Theatre).
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