Playwright: David Mamet
Directed by: John Contini
Winner! 1977 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best American Play
Starring William Roth*, Peter Mayer* and Leo Ramsey
*Member Actors' Equity Assoc.
This volatile drama starred Robert Duvall in the original Broadway production and has seen revivals with Al Pacino most recently on Broadway . In a Chicago junk shop three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable "Buffalo nickel". These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three- Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing and "Teach", a violently paranoid braggart- is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.
"One of the most fully realized and rewarding productions St. Louis Actors' Studio has mounted in its ten years. Mayer, Ramsey and Roth wear their characters like second skins, each as three-dimensional as the junk shop they plot in. Even the set is a triumph." Paul Friswold, The Riverfront Times
"It isn't often that a play with a dramatic intensity of American Buffalo comes to the Broadway theatre."