2017 Programme / American Buffulo


American Buffalo

By David Mamet . Directed by Christian Carbin


Date: Thursday October 05 – Saturday October 07
Venue: Inver Community Centre, Inver
Time: 8pm / Cost: €8/€10

David Mamet’s classic play is as relevant today as it was when it first hit the Broadway stage in 1977, and was nominated Best American Play by the New York Theatre Critics Circle. A recent revival at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, featuring Damien Lewis(Homeland, Wolf Hall), John Goodman (Roseanne, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, Hangover III) and Tom Sturridge, was equally well received.

Set in a Chicago junk shop, owner Don sells an American buffalo nickel to a coin collector for ninety dollars, and then discovers to his horror that it’s worth an awful lot more. He and his young shop-boy Bobby plan to steal the coin back. But not before Don’s fast-talking poker buddy Teach arrives on the scene and ups the stakes considerably, suggesting they cut the inexperienced Bobby out of the enterprise entirely and take the whole coin collection for themselves. A classic story of friendship and betrayal, in a world where the lines between business and petty crime are blurred, the play crackles with sharp, edgy street dialogue, from the kind of true-life characters for which David Mamet is renowned.

In this Donegal Drama Circle production, the part of Don is played by Conor Friery, Christian Carbin is Teach and Bobby is played by young, up and coming Frosses actor, Oisín Joyce.

The beauty of Mamet’s 40 year old play is how much of its meaning remains implicit. There is a lot of comedy – taking me back to the movies of Abbot and Costello – in the characters’ cross-talking ineptitude. The Guardian.

American Buffalo is a moden masterpiece. Thrillingly theatrical stuff…it oozes atmosphere and menace, but has a compensating human heart. The Stage.

The dialogue is terrific and a gift to actors. Its exploration of greed, strained loyalities and busted American dreams, is timeless. The Hollywood Reporter.

Please Note: Contains Strong Language throughout. Not Suitable for Children Under 15 yrs.

Booking Details

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