New York-Bound American Buffalo Ends at UK's Donmar, Feb. 26

News   New York-Bound American Buffalo Ends at UK's Donmar, Feb. 26 The Broadway-bound revival of David Mamet's 1975 play, American Buffalo, starring Hollywood film actor William H. Macy, closes its run at London's Donmar Warehouse on Feb. 26. The show began performances Jan. 28.

The Broadway-bound revival of David Mamet's 1975 play, American Buffalo, starring Hollywood film actor William H. Macy, closes its run at London's Donmar Warehouse on Feb. 26. The show began performances Jan. 28.

In American Buffalo, considered by many to be Mamet's best play, a junkshop owner and his two small-time crook sidekicks decide to rob a customer who they think owns a coin collection which includes a rare American buffalo nickel. However, as they plot and plan, the threesome stir up their own rivalries.

Actor Macy co-founded, with Mamet, New York's Atlantic Theatre Company, which is co-producing this revival of American Buffalo. After the Donmar run, Jan. 28-Feb. 26, officially opening Feb. 3, the show will transfer to the Atlantic for a run beginning March 3 and opening March 16 for a run through April 23. Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe directs.

Although Macy has a long list of theatre credits, including the starring role in the New York production of Mamet's Oleanna, he is best known for his quirky character parts in films such as Fargo (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), Pleasantville, A Civil Action, Boogie Nights and Wag the Dog as well as Mamet films The Spanish Prisoner and Homicide.

Co-starring as Donny and Bobby in American Buffalo are Philip Baker Hall, whose recent film credits include Magnolia and The Cradle Will Rock; and 19-year-old Mark Webber, making his professional theatre debut. Designing the show are Kevin Rigdon (set), Laura Bauer (costumes) and Howard Werner (lighting). For further information, contact the Donmar box office on 011-44-171 369-1732.

-- By Terri Paddock
What's On Stage, London
and David Lefkowitz