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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
Taped to the side of the counter in the junk shop that forms the set for David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at Center Stage is a vintage sign: "People who advocate violence should be shot. " Most people in the audience will never see that sign, or hundreds of other items crammed on and around the stage to recreate in painstaking detail the 1970s junk shop Mamet specifies. But all of those objects have a part in creating the uncomfortably real world of dark humor and dark prospects for the three edgy characters who animate this theater classic.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 17, 2011
The messy emotions in David Mamet's "American Buffalo" find material expression in the 1970s-era junk that fills every messy square foot of a Chicago pawn shop. Some of this clutter even hangs from the front of the stage, as if threatening to spill over into the audience at Centerstage. No thanks for the offer of junk, 'cause we already have enough at home. Thanks, though, for a boisterous production that effectively reflects the urban culture of the decade in which this early Mamet play was written.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Contributing Writer | May 21, 1992
The trials and tribulations of petty thieves are the basis of David Mamet's black comedy-drama, "American Buffalo," currently playing at the Towsontowne Arena Theatre through May 27.Strong language and violence characterize Mamet's piece. The play won the 1977 New York Drama Critics Best Play award and earned the author a prestigious place on the list of contemporary American playwrights.Performed on the stage of the Towsontowne Dinner Theater Mondays through Wednesdays ("Can Can" is playing Thursdays through Sundays)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
Taped to the side of the counter in the junk shop that forms the set for David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at Center Stage is a vintage sign: "People who advocate violence should be shot. " Most people in the audience will never see that sign, or hundreds of other items crammed on and around the stage to recreate in painstaking detail the 1970s junk shop Mamet specifies. But all of those objects have a part in creating the uncomfortably real world of dark humor and dark prospects for the three edgy characters who animate this theater classic.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 27, 1996
There's nothing wrong with "American Buffalo" that a little energy wouldn't have cured. The movie version of the famed David Mamet play turns out to be a glum and dour meander through the slums of the American imagination.We're in what has so lately become a familiar neighborhood: small-time crime and the non-Rhodes Scholars who commit it and, more importantly, see it as a lifestyle. The geniuses-not at the center (and the edges and on top and below and every other conceivable location) of "American Buffalo" are pawnshop owner Don (Dennis Franz)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 10, 1992
'American Buffalo' opens tomorrow"American Buffalo" -- David Mamet's play about three small-time crooks with big-time plans -- opens tomorrow night at the TowsonTowne Arena Theatre, 7800 York Road. Richard Jackson, Craig Newell and Ken Sabel play the hopeful hoods; Robert Clingan directs.Performance times are Mondays through Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m., with drink and snack service available until 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more information, call (410) 321-6595.@ Richard Greenberg's recent off-Broadway hit, "Eastern Standard," begins a five-weekend run at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, on Friday.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 17, 2011
The messy emotions in David Mamet's "American Buffalo" find material expression in the 1970s-era junk that fills every messy square foot of a Chicago pawn shop. Some of this clutter even hangs from the front of the stage, as if threatening to spill over into the audience at Centerstage. No thanks for the offer of junk, 'cause we already have enough at home. Thanks, though, for a boisterous production that effectively reflects the urban culture of the decade in which this early Mamet play was written.
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July 12, 2000
Visit these Web sites to find the answers, then go to www.4Kids.org/detectives/. * How much can modern North American bison weigh? * How long was the Wright Brothers' first flight? * What toy is broken in the story "Alfy's Broken Toy"? WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM Once considered "lords of the prairie," buffalo are one of this country's most noble, legendary animals. At American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation, you'll learn about how these great mammals were almost wiped out by greedy hunters a century ago. Roam across the Web to www.pbs.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | April 27, 1992
BIRDSVILLE -- Big Boy hung his great shaggy head low and huffed vapor from his nostrils, staring a visitor down, looking every bit the king of the hill. He's not the last American buffalo, but he's the only bull in sight.And life is good for Big Boy and his mate, Momma, here in the horse country of southern Anne Arundel County. There's plenty of feed, a nice view of the 36-acre spread, and seldom is heard a discouraging word. In fact, many people passing by on Solomons Island Road treat the two buffalo like celebrities.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2011
The theme of Center Stage 's 2011-2012 season might be summed up as rhythm — from the distinctive beat of "Jazz," a world premiere adapted from the Toni Morrison novel of that name, to the percussive profanity of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"; from the improvised patter of Second City to the intricate rhymes and melodic pulse of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods. " "We're willing not to play it safe," said Center Stage resident dramaturg Gavin Witt, who helped plan the season with what he described as "a think tank" of senior management.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2011
The theme of Center Stage 's 2011-2012 season might be summed up as rhythm — from the distinctive beat of "Jazz," a world premiere adapted from the Toni Morrison novel of that name, to the percussive profanity of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"; from the improvised patter of Second City to the intricate rhymes and melodic pulse of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods. " "We're willing not to play it safe," said Center Stage resident dramaturg Gavin Witt, who helped plan the season with what he described as "a think tank" of senior management.
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July 12, 2000
Visit these Web sites to find the answers, then go to www.4Kids.org/detectives/. * How much can modern North American bison weigh? * How long was the Wright Brothers' first flight? * What toy is broken in the story "Alfy's Broken Toy"? WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM Once considered "lords of the prairie," buffalo are one of this country's most noble, legendary animals. At American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation, you'll learn about how these great mammals were almost wiped out by greedy hunters a century ago. Roam across the Web to www.pbs.
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By Jill Hudson Neal | May 27, 1999
Playwright David Mamet's award-winning dark comedy "American Buffalo" will make its first appearance at Howard Community College's Theatre Outback tomorrow and will run through June 13.The angry and harrowing play, which won the Drama Critics Circle Award for best American play and the Obie Award in 1977, put Mamet on the cultural and theatrical map.The story of the greedy pawnshop owner Donny, a loser ex-convict named Teach and a naive boy called Bobby...
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1998
It's show time on Tatanka Farm: Fifty-five wiggly fifth-graders, each one armed with a carrot or an apple, surges forward for the moment they've been waiting for, a moment they might remember the rest of their lives.Through the bars of the tall metal fence, a small group of American plains buffalo, the majestic stars of this miniature Wild West Show, gently reaches out to take the offerings.The students squeal and giggle as they feed the big animals, which weigh more than 2,000 pounds apiece.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 27, 1996
There's nothing wrong with "American Buffalo" that a little energy wouldn't have cured. The movie version of the famed David Mamet play turns out to be a glum and dour meander through the slums of the American imagination.We're in what has so lately become a familiar neighborhood: small-time crime and the non-Rhodes Scholars who commit it and, more importantly, see it as a lifestyle. The geniuses-not at the center (and the edges and on top and below and every other conceivable location) of "American Buffalo" are pawnshop owner Don (Dennis Franz)
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | August 10, 1996
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- In this spectacular land of geysers and grizzlies, two American triumphs are about to collide.One success is famous: rescuing the American buffalo from extinction. Thanks to a century of conservation, a reminder of the Old West's great buffalo herds is back in Yellowstone National Park, thrilling (and frightening) the tourists."Most Americans' experience with bison is symbolic -- it's on the nickel and we've all seen the western movies," says Wayne Brewster, the park's buffalo specialist.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | August 10, 1996
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- In this spectacular land of geysers and grizzlies, two American triumphs are about to collide.One success is famous: rescuing the American buffalo from extinction. Thanks to a century of conservation, a reminder of the Old West's great buffalo herds is back in Yellowstone National Park, thrilling (and frightening) the tourists."Most Americans' experience with bison is symbolic -- it's on the nickel and we've all seen the western movies," says Wayne Brewster, the park's buffalo specialist.
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By Jill Hudson Neal | May 27, 1999
Playwright David Mamet's award-winning dark comedy "American Buffalo" will make its first appearance at Howard Community College's Theatre Outback tomorrow and will run through June 13.The angry and harrowing play, which won the Drama Critics Circle Award for best American play and the Obie Award in 1977, put Mamet on the cultural and theatrical map.The story of the greedy pawnshop owner Donny, a loser ex-convict named Teach and a naive boy called Bobby...
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Contributing Writer | May 21, 1992
The trials and tribulations of petty thieves are the basis of David Mamet's black comedy-drama, "American Buffalo," currently playing at the Towsontowne Arena Theatre through May 27.Strong language and violence characterize Mamet's piece. The play won the 1977 New York Drama Critics Best Play award and earned the author a prestigious place on the list of contemporary American playwrights.Performed on the stage of the Towsontowne Dinner Theater Mondays through Wednesdays ("Can Can" is playing Thursdays through Sundays)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 10, 1992
'American Buffalo' opens tomorrow"American Buffalo" -- David Mamet's play about three small-time crooks with big-time plans -- opens tomorrow night at the TowsonTowne Arena Theatre, 7800 York Road. Richard Jackson, Craig Newell and Ken Sabel play the hopeful hoods; Robert Clingan directs.Performance times are Mondays through Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m., with drink and snack service available until 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more information, call (410) 321-6595.@ Richard Greenberg's recent off-Broadway hit, "Eastern Standard," begins a five-weekend run at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, on Friday.
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