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American Buffalo
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American Buffalo
by David Mamet
February 12, 2010 through March 7, 2010

One of David Mamet's earliest successes, this comic drama of shifting loyalty, unspoken jealousy, and lurking desperation is considered an American Classic.

Three men living just this side of destitution plan a robbery. The loot is a rare coin collection, but American Buffalo's real currency is language. The dialogue is unmistakably Mamet's: clipped, elliptical, profane, but also poetic and telling.

In the hands of Third Rail's actors and guest director Daniel Stern (Diner, Breaking Away), this will be a dynamite evening of theatre.

Bruce Burkhartsmeier
Brian Weaver
Tim True
Director - Daniel Stern
Scenic Design - Alan Schwanke
Costume Design - Emily Horton
Lighting Design - Don Crossley
Sound Design - Jen Raynak
Production Manager - Don Crossley
Production Manager - Jen Raynak
Stage Manager - Clair Callaway
Technical Director - Demetri Pavlatos
Scenic Construction - Lunar Theatrical
Props Master - Drew Dannhorn
Deck Crew - Nick Matlick
Deck Crew - Ann Freeman
Light Operator - Jennifer Lin
Sound Operator - Cameron McFee

Rage on the Range - Third Rail Kills it with American Buffalo
While its scenes are dominated by violence, shouting, and expletive-laden diatribes, American Buffalo is about more than angry, marginalized white men—there's tenderness in there too, somewhere. Under Stern's direction, these three actors unerringly locate its battered heart—leather-tough and shriveled, but still beating. - The Portland Mercury

American Buffalo - Tim True gets angry.
True’s performance is explosive and genuinely frightening. He left me rattled for a half-hour after leaving the theater. - Willamette Week

Strong 'American Buffalo' at Third Rail likely to gain depth during run
The unrelenting, high-energy production directed by the company's first ever guest director, Hollywood actor Daniel Stern, abounds in comedy but also uncompromisingly explores the dark underbelly of the American dream. - The Oregonian

David Mamet's 'American Buffalo' at Third Rail Rep
Mamet's 1975 drama "American Buffalo," about a trio of petty thugs in a junk shop who plot to rip off a rare-coin collector, is still one of his best plays. And it looks to be in good hands in its latest Portland stop, opening Friday at the estimable Third Rail Rep. - The Oregonian

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