American Buffalo


David Mamet

Published by Samuel French Inc

3 Male 0 Female

In a Chicago junk shop three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection. Its existence came to light when the collector found a valuable "buffalo nickel" in the shop

The three plotter punks fancy themselves as businessmen pursuing the legitimate concerns of free enterprise. In reality they are Donny, the stupid junk shop owner; Bobby, a spaced out young junkie Donny has befriended and finally "Teacher", violent paranoid braggart

But their plans come to naught and in reality are futile, vulgar verbal exercises. Three excellent roles and character studies. Robert Duvall as "Teacher" returned to Broadway to critical acclaim after a long absence

"Gripping drama. . . . Mamet's first trip to Broadway. It will hardly be his last" ~ N.Y. Times

"Mamet is an actor's playwright. . . . [He] senses the possibilities inarticulateness affords a savvy actor" ~ WWD

"It isn't often that a play with a dramatic intensity of American Buffalo comes to the Broadway theatre" ~ N.Y. Post

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