Monday, March 19, 2012

American Buffalo


American Buffalo / Αμερικάνικος βούβαλος

American Buffalo is a 1975 play by American playwright David Mamet which had its premiere in a showcase production at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago. After two more showcase productions, it opened on Broadway on February 16, 1977. Critic Frank Rich called it "one of the best American plays of the last decade.

As is emblematic of Mamet's writing style, the play's dialogue is sometimes terse and often vulgar.  Mamet's profanity is not employed for shock value, but is rather an integral component of his characters' "profane poetry", which, according to frequent collaborator Gregory Mosher, "worked the iambic pentameter out of the vernacular of the underclass."

The characters' sometimes vulgar lexicon, moreover, may be seen as psychologically necessary armor against their brutal environment. The parenthetical stage directions are straightforward and do not provide line readings.
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Photos are from the Greek adaptation of the play
Αμερικάνικος βούβαλος
Δράμα του Ντέιβιντ Μάμετ
Σκηνοθεσία: Δ. Τάρλοου
Ερμηνεύουν: Αλ. Μυλωνάς, Γ. Γάλλος, Π. Καλαντζής.
Σκην.-κοστ.: Ελ. Μανωλοπούλου.

American Buffalo Theme by Blaine L. Reininger

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