American Buffalo (Broadway)
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American Buffalo (Broadway)
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American Buffalo (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(294 Reviews)
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86%
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Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense

Lawrence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss star in Mamet's play about greed and deception.

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Member Reviews (294)

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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
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Resonant, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Rockwell is a standout. Old story but a good one. Saw in 81 with pacino..Pacino... Rockwell was just as good.

Don't see it if Old school language had some wokesters heading for the door.

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
88
Acting tour de force of major mamet play; hilarious but sad story of failed caper of modern-day american "buffalos", a class of men who are becoming extinct

See it if extraordinary ensemble w L Fishburne/majestic, heartbreaking, S Rockwell/hilariously testosterone-driven; brilliant taut production

Don't see it if bric-a-brac laden junk shop set just gets in the way; part of plot unclear; still a master class in classic Mamet Read more

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
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Funny, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky

See it if The cast of this show was the top reason I went to see this. The story starts with the sale of buffalo nickel and things turn upside down.

Don't see it if Language, one violence set. if you want singing and dance.

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
80
Clever, Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like a well acted comedy drama with good staging. Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell give stellar performances.

Don't see it if you don't like violence on stage. Some of the dialogue is funny but the characters' actions are not. Read more

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
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Uninteresting, Great staging, Overrated, Dated, Great acting

See it if You love Mamet, and/or these actors. Rockwell and Criss are especially compelling.

Don't see it if You’re not a Mamet fan and don’t understand why his plays are revived so often. This play is nothing more than a mediocre TV episode.

474 Reviews | 714 Followers
83
Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see quality acting. All three actors are terrific in this show, with Rockwell stealing it. The dialogue is sharp and clever.

Don't see it if too much testosterone on stage turns you off. This is a “masculine” show in theme and in performance. (To think I saw POTUS just yesterday.)

488 Reviews | 103 Followers
66
Slow, Disappointing

See it if great acting and staging are enough for you

Don't see it if You are expecting a meaningful story. Unfortunately this is how David Mamet operates sometimes. Read more

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
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Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if This clever hilarious classic David Mamet play is cast and acted perfectly ! The 3 incompetent petty crooks are a joy to watch !

Don't see it if The only reason not to see this gem of a play is if you can’t tolerate the very raw language. It is one of Mamet’s best !

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
April 14th, 2022

"When 'American Buffalo' first hit the stage, in Chicago in 1975, its portrait of lowlifes like Teach — two-bit grifters aping the realpolitik of American business — was a game changer. Though it did not quite induce sympathy for a man who would strike a kid in the face with an iron, it did make audiences queasy about the respectable entrepreneurs whose behavior Teach was translating to his own turf. In language as crass and cadenced as gunfire, Mamet turned their man-eat-man philosophy, which some call capitalism, into brutal prole poetry: a poetry of predation, you might even say."
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Time Out New York
April 14th, 2022

"Directed by Neil Pepe with the expert eye for appraisal that the characters lack, this production is vastly superior to 'American Buffalo’s' last Broadway incarnation, which ran briefly back in 2008. The play itself, which marked Mamet’s breakthrough, is as thin as a dime, but it’s got great atmospherics. Scott Pask’s set and Dede Ayite’s costumes plunge us into the shabby world of the action; seated around the thrust stage at Circle in the Square, the audience can almost smell the mix of dirt and desperation. "
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 14th, 2022

"Judged as a showcase, 'American Buffalo' works beautifully. Rockwell has exactly the right tools to crack the Mamet safe. His half-whine, half-growl voice sings in what Todd London evocatively called the writer’s “fricative riffs” — unsurprisingly, given how well he’s suited to other writers of masculine lyric like Martin McDonagh. Fishburne, judging his rhythms to the nanosecond, grips the play and captains it, and it’s lucky that the close quarters of Circle in the Square allow you to see the details of his casual command. Criss, too, does fine work as the play’s slow-minded straight man, though he finds fewer details in his character than the other two men."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 14th, 2022

"David Mamet’s 'American Buffalo' is now on Broadway, buttressed by a starry cast. Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss are sharp and lithe in this revival of the caustic 1975 play about three hustlers planning a heist. They stalk across Scott Pask’s ornate set as they hurl Mamet’s signature terse prose at one another. Their speech moves rhythmically — a sonorous medley. They maneuver their bodies with precision and intention. This critic stared, entranced by their dance."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 14th, 2022

"Two questions hang over the characters of 'American Buffalo,' David Mamet's iconic 1975 play now in its third Broadway revival. First: Am I being ripped off? Second: Am I ripping off other people enough? Though the novelty of the playwright's trademark fast-paced, profanity-laced dialogue has worn off a bit amid the passing decades and sprawling imitators, these concerns feel as relevant to contemporary American life as ever."
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Variety
April 14th, 2022

"The play jolts alive when Rockwell enters, and the Oscar-winner is practically compelling enough to buoy this staging. He has an able scene partner in Fishburne, who brings a stolidity and authority to the store owner Don, a gravity that anchors the second act as Teach flails and decompensates."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 14th, 2022

"Mr. Mamet does not write tragedy—his characters are poor pipsqueaks compared to the doomed but majestic figures of the Greeks. 'American Buffalo' ends with a whimpering note of surprising, and touching, grace. For all their fecklessness and desperation, these men intuitively know that their only respite from a world they cannot compete in is the small comfort they can take in each other’s unspoken affection."
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Deadline
April 14th, 2022

"Superbly performed by Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss, with director (and longtime Mamet collaborator) Neil Pepe finding every comic beat and threatening glare, 'American Buffalo' – opening tonight on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre – retains a vitality that eluded some recent equally starry revivals of works by Mamet’s bad-boy contemporaries"
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