New York | 1h 30m | Ends May 23

The Buffalo Play

From 3 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Quirky, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the show

Inspired by true events, "The Buffalo Play" poses the question, "What kind of an idiot puts a baby bison in the back of their car?” More…

In a small town jail cell just outside Yellowstone National Park, an east coast social justice worker awaits her arraignment. Her crime? “Calfnapping.” When she finds herself with a dead baby bison, its mother, and a local rancher as her cell mates, she’s forced to reckon with her worldview. In "The Buffalo Play" wildness takes over, women and buffalos dish on sex, guts become armor, and media is an unavoidable storm. 

1h 30m | Ends May 23 | The Tank (Midtown W)


"Sound (designed by Peter Musante), lighting (Mason Wagner), costumes (Sarah Kelly) and props (Ben Seratt) converge in perfect unison, thanks to the talents of this production team. Ultimately, the words are stronger than the actors, but director Wagner weaves them together into true and powerful moments." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"'The Buffalo Play' asked many compelling questions and had good performances all around. Aside from the occasional young-activist stereotype line it was a very well-written and engaging story with a strangely beautiful ending that I don’t want to give away here. You’ll definitely walk out of the theatre feeling a little more connected to the world around you." Full Review


"A fearless one-act...Although the majority of the play attempts to deconstruct important timely topics such as social justice, consent, abortion, fracking, air pollution, and maternal instinct, there are a few wry moments of lost-in-translation humor...Just when I thought that ‘The Buffalo Play’ had stalled in a didactic zone of moral storytelling, it veered off into a surprising direction that added a new layer to the narrative...I entered the theater a skeptic and exited it a fan.” Full Review

Absurd, disjointed, lacking direction, fine acting

See it if you want to see a play that quickly loses it focus and goes off in multiple directions

Don't see it if you want a show understands that even "it is" has a direction

Also aKendra Potter as Buffalo demonstrates an exceptional voice that I wou... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like darker, borderline performance art theatre.

Don't see it if You prefer a straight forward play, with traditional narrative.

Also The play tries to squeeze in a lot of talking points; social justice, ... Read more Read less

Weird, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like experimental theatre. (Not really my cup of tea...sorry)

Don't see it if You want to be entertained.

Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to heal our relationship with nature.

Don't see it if you don't want your worldview to be challenged.

During previews
Uneven, Quirky, Slow, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if A woman attempts to save a baby bison, disrupting the cycle of nature. The mother bison confronts the interloper, and an examination of

Don't see it if the relationship between humanity and the natural world ensues. There are some excellent moments (and an adorable baby bison), but the

Also forays into media skewering felt forced and unnecessary. Overall, this... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if A young girl who get her eyes open about the world.

Don't see it if You looking for a happy go lucky story.

Also You want something different/not for everyone. It was a little confusi... Read more Read less

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