American Buffalo

American Buffalo

Just about everyone in theater is familiar with Anton Chekhov's comment that, to paraphrase, says once a gun is seen on stage it better go off before the play's over. So what would he think about David Mamet's career-making American Buffalo, which director Robert Falls is giving an effective if not explosive revival at the Belasco, in which small-time crook Teach (John Leguizamo) draws a pistol, but the trigger is never pulled?

Mamet's 'American Buffalo' just might steal your heart

"Tenderness is not the first quality one generally associates with David Mamet. But really study his characters, and you'll find that many are drawn with sympathy and even affection."