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American Buffalo - 1983 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

One of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's defining works, American Buffalo* opens at The Grove Theatre on Friday, February 28th. In 1977, when American Buffalo opened on Broadway, it was hailed as a new American classic, nominated for a Tony Award and won both an Obie Award, and a New York Critics Circle Award.



A classic tragedy, a modern masterpiece, American Buffalo is a story of three men struggling in the pursuit of their distorted vision of the American Dream. During one long day in a run-down junk shop, three men of great ambition and low morals plan a heist of a customer's valuable coin collection. When the con goes awry, it's every man for himself. This fast paced drama is all aggression and testosterone, with characters wielding words like weapons to intimidate, cajole and manipulate each other. By turns touching and cynical, poignant and violent, filled with explosive humor, frenetic energy and surprising tenderness, American Buffalo is a piercing story of how people can be corrupted into betraying their ideals and those they love. The results are hilarious, powerful and ultimately tragic in a play that's recognized as a modern masterpiece.

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by Stephi Wild - Sep 4, 2020
Theatre Royal Bath has announced that the main house will be reopening this Autumn with a collection of three modern classics.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 25, 2020
Award-winning producer Diana DiMenna is pleased to announce that esteemed colleagues Brian Moreland and Rachel Sussman have joined Plate Spinner Productions, the producing company DiMenna launched in 2018.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 24, 2020
Six Broadway leaders and stalwarts - Adam Krauthamer, Kimberly Marable, Brian Moreland, Javier Muñoz, Billy Porter and Schele Williams - today joined the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Board of Trustees.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 20, 2020
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction goes online for the first time today, Sunday, September 20, 2020.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2020
Starring JoBeth Williams and Joe Spano, the new short play Flapping & Flying premiere's live online Thursday, September 3rd.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 8, 2021
Emmy & Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne, Academy Award & Golden Globe winner  Sam Rockwell and Emmy Award & Golden Globe winner Darren Criss will star in the Broadway revival of David  Mamet's AMERICAN BUFFALO, directed by Neil Pepe.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2020
This week's Theater Stories features The Belasco Theater! Learn about the legendary theater-maker David Belasco, the history of the theater's Broadway plays, the apartment built above the theater and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 30, 2020
Casting has been announced for David Mamet's Oleanna, the final play in Theatre Royal Bath's Welcome Back Season this Autumn. The provocative drama will play in the theatre's main house from Wednesday 25 November to Saturday 12 December with press night on Wednesday 2 December 2020.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2020
Today, October 26th, the first season of Broadway and Beyond TV series launches in major airports in NORTH AMERICA and the UK on ReachTV. Hosted by Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer, Catherine Schreiber, this new series of exclusive interviews gives an insider's look at the creation of Broadway shows and focuses on the importance of theatre.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 22, 2021
Second Thought Theatre has announced their full production of Sweetpea. As the closing production of the 2021 season, Sweetpea will serve as the theatre’s first in-person production in 18 months.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 21, 2020
TEDxBroadway organizers announced today the speakers who'll be taking the TEDxBroadway virtual stage on Tuesday, November 17 at 1pm Eastern.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 15, 2021
A Broadway baby is on the way! Darren Criss, one of the stars of Broadway's upcoming revival of American Buffalo, and his wife, Mia Swier, have announced that they are expecting their first child together. 
by Gil Kaan - Nov 11, 2021
The Geffen Playhouse west coast premieres Dominique Morisseau’s PARADISE BLUE November 18, 2021 (already in previews). Set in the jazz-filled Paradise Club in Detroit (circa 1949), Stori Ayers directs the talented cast of Tyla Abercrumbie, Wendell B. Franklin, Alani iLongwe, John Earl Jelks and Shayna Small. Had the chance to throw out a few queries to the multi-tasking Alani.
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 5, 2020
With Stephen Sondheim celebrating his 90th birthday, this episode of Broadway Rewind is very special for BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge because it us to the opening night of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman tuner Road Show at The Public Theater. It was directed and designed by John Doyle and starred Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani. Cerveris told Ridge about this new version of the material,  'I saw Bounce in Washington so that was my first exposure to the material, but this really isn't a reexamination of that source material, it's an entirely new musical. So, when I saw the new draft that Stephen and John had done, it was really exciting.'
by Marina Kennedy - May 28, 2020
Broadwayworld New Jersey continues our interview series with theatre professionals to learn about their future plans during temporary closures. Frank Licato, the Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works shared with us some interesting insights.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 26, 2021
Chris Noth will reprise the role of 'Mr. Big' in the Max Original series AND JUST LIKE THAT... This new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series 'Sex and the City' follows 'Carrie' (Sarah Jessica Parker), 'Miranda' (Cynthia Nixon) and 'Charlotte' (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. The ten-episode, half-hour series is scheduled to begin production in New York this summer.
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 5, 2020
Rehearsals are underway for the Broadway revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo, which begins previews on March 24, 2020 with an official opening on April 14, 2020 at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 W 50th Street). This is a 16-week limited engagement through July 12, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2021
Come watch these dedicated, heart centered, hard working and passionate actors do what they do best! They will be performing scenes from A RAISIN IN THE SUN, OLEANNA, LOBBY HERO, AMERICAN BUFFALO, and THE ODD COUPLE.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Mar 21, 2020
While you may not be able to see your favorite Broadway stars on the stage right now, thankfully you can watch them from the comfort of your couch on TV! BroadwayWorld has rounded up where you can watch 10 of Broadway's current stars on streaming right now!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 20, 2020
Broadway is on a break. But you don't have to wait until it reopens to get your fix! Fortunately, actor/writer Allison Frasca (All Star the Musical, Wicked/Frozen) is here to break down the plots of every show on Broadway - at least as best as she remembers them
by Stephi Wild - Mar 12, 2020
Atlantic Theater Company has announced initial casting for the world premiere production of A Play is a Poem, a collection of one-acts by Academy Award winner Ethan Coen (Almost an Evening; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), directed by Neil Pepe (Atlantic Artistic Director, Broadway's American Buffalo) and produced in association with Center Theatre Group. The production has also announced a new first preview date. A Play is a Poem will now begin previews Thursday, May 14th and will open Monday, June 1st for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 21st Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).
by Stephi Wild - Jun 26, 2020
Today's top stories: new opening dates have been announced for American Buffalo and The Minutes!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 25, 2020
There is big news for Big Cherry! BroadwayWorld has just learned that Steppenwolf's production of The Minutes by Tracy Letts, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, will return to Broadway opening exactly one year after its original opening date of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street). The Minutes was a limited engagement and was originally scheduled to close Sunday, July 26.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 25, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! On June 24 he chatted stage and screen favorite with Darren Criss!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 25, 2020
American Buffalo, written by David Mamet and directed by Neil Pepe, will officially open at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 W 50th Street) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, exactly one year after its originally scheduled opening date.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 20, 2020
Today, our Behind the Curtain interview is with Darcy Kane, a dresser on Moulin Rouge!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 14, 2021
Over the past month, Broadway fans have had plenty of reasons to celebrate, as show after show has announced their own plans to resume performances in the coming months. While most Broadway productions have shared news about their return, some have yet to confirm their next steps.
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 28, 2020
Today (July 28) in live streaming: Ann Reinking visits Backstage Live, Broadway unites to #SavetheArts on Stars in the House, and so much more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 22, 2020
Today, our Behind the Curtain interview is with Arvind Ethan David and Brian Moreland, the producers of #WhileWeBreathe: A Night of Creative Protest
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 15, 2020
Theater Resources Unlimited will present the July Panel Adapt and Survive: How the Arts Are Outwitting COVID on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm and the panel starts at 7:30pm.
by Team BWW - Jan 9, 2022
Stars on stage in New York are shining bright as we continually celebrate the experience of live theater. As new shows prepare to head to the great bright way, let’s see which famous Broadway stars, celebrities from film and TV, and more you can see in upcoming shows!
by Stephi Wild - Jan 4, 2021
Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical has raised over $1 million for @ActorsFund, read the reviews and check out photos of the cast in action!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 3, 2021
This week's Theater Stories features The Circle in the Square Theatre! Learn about the Circle in the Square Theatre School, the 2019 Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma!, the show that was most recently set to be performed in the theatre, American Buffalo, and much more!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jan 28, 2022
Our student bloggers write about how they're coping with the current global health crisis, give insight on their school's performing arts programs, share their opinions on the latest theater news, and so much more. Looking forward to a Broadway revival, seeing a musical on Broadway for the first time, an interview with an actress, and more-- read the latest from our college student bloggers!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 28, 2021
Tony nominee Tom Sturridge will star alongside 'Game of Thrones' stars Gwendoline Christie and Charles Dance in 'The Sandman,' a new series coming soon to Netflix.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2021
Today, it was announced that Brian Moreland is the recipient of the Ninth Annual Broadway Global Producer of the Year Award from Broadway Global.
by Student Blogger: MC Chocolate - Jan 26, 2022
The virtue of Mamet is to make us all recognize ourselves in these three devils. American Buffalo is a morality play, an extraordinarily well-constructed tragicomedy with dialogue and full of vigor, full of truth, and I'm pretty sure, that the performance of these three masters of acting, will make an incredible work. And, who knows? Maybe one of them will win a Tony Award.
by Team BWW - Jan 2, 2022
2021 has come and gone, which means it's time to get excited for the new shows coming in 2022! This year will bring anticipated revivals of The Music Man and Funny Girl, the return of Beetlejuice, the arrival of new musicals A Strange Loop, Paradise Square, and many more.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 22, 2021
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that legendary Broadway company and general manager Gary Gunas passed away today in his London home after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 7, 2020
David Mamet’s provocative drama Oleanna, directed by Lucy Bailey stars Rosie Sheehy and Jonathan Slinger and is running at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio from 3 December to 22 December and again from 4 January to 16 January 2021. Reduced capacity at the Ustinov Studio will allow for an audience of 60 persons per performance.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 16, 2020
Looking for something new to read while staying inside, but still need your Broadway fix? We've rounded up 10 more of our favorite books on acting! 
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 11, 2020
New series, new plays. Free, fun, LIVE online. Skylight Theatre Company brings together some of LA's most talented writers, directors, and actors for weekly presentations of uplifting works, written specifically for this medium.
by Peter Nason - Apr 7, 2020
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the greatest theatrical works (non-musical) from 1920-2020; see if your favorites made the list!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 6, 2021
Today, Stellar announces an initiative for innovators looking to develop and present new theatre in the livestreaming space, the Stellar Emerging Creators in Theatre Program. With the help of Stellar, each recipient selected will be given a budget and additional resources to produce their original show to stream exclusively on the platform.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2021
Theater Resources Unlimited will present a Writer-Producer Virtual Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The popular event is now reformatted for Zoom, with more tech and less noise: each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of the eleven producers.
by Student Blogger: Audrey Myers - Apr 27, 2020
Theatre as an art is inherently collaborative. It takes a team. What happens when we are separated from our ensemble? How can we continue to create in isolation? Most of the time the creativity in our craft is assigned. Don't get me wrong, this doesn't negate our art by any means, but as theatre makers, we are usually creating in the context of a larger project. We often have little control over the big picture: such as being cast as a role in a musical or asked to design the set for a specific play. 
by Stephi Wild - Apr 21, 2021
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions' critically acclaimed production of David Mamet's highly provocative drama Oleanna, directed by Lucy Bailey, will tour the UK this Summer from 8 June, visiting Cambridge, Bath, Southampton and Malvern, before transferring to the West End's Arts Theatre, London from 21 July to 23 October 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 2, 2021
Today's top stories: Theatre companies revoke memberships for LA Stage Alliance after Asian nominee, Jully Lee, was misidentified at the Ovation Awards. Plus, first look at the new Drama Book Shop, and more!
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 1, 2021
Bloomingdale Theater Company was founded out of a desire to reestablish human connection during a time when we are more isolated and disconnected from each other than ever. Catch up with BTC founder Connor Chase Stewart as he catches us up on what's up next!