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Irish Classical Theatre Company presents ‘American Buffalo’

SOUTH BUFFALO - Set in a squalid junk shop in Chicago’s dark underbelly in the ’70s, three small time crooks plot a risky caper to get a piece of the American dream, the heist of a valuable private coin collection. As their grandiose and misguided scheme starts to unravel, it spirals into chaos on a slippery slope of greed and betrayal.

In “American Buffalo,” the 1977 Drama Desk winner for Outstanding New Play, Mamet’s searing dialogue fuels the burgeoning hostility, bringing the play to an explosive climax.

Director and ICTC technical director Brian Cavanagh brings a unique perspective to “American Buffalo.”

“Mamet’s language is my language,” Cavanagh said. “I grew up in this chaotic and sometimes very dangerous atmosphere. ‘American Buffalo’ is a gritty look at inner city lives and ambitions. It’s raw. It’s real.”

Please note this play contains extremely strong language.

Under Cavanagh’s direction, “American Buffalo” stars Christian Brandjes as Don Dubrow, owner of Don’s Resale Shop; Brian Mysliwy, ARTIE Award winner as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for ICTC’s “La Bete” and “The Servant of Two Masters,” as Walter Cole, better known as Teach; and Jose Rivera as Bob, Don’s gopher.

Supporting the production are Renee Radzavich, production stage manager; Katie Mallinson, assistant stage manager; Brian Cavanagh, technical director and lighting designer; Ron Schwartz, set designer; Tom Maker, sound designer; Kari Drozd, costume designer; and Susan Drozd, hair and make-up.

Performances will take place at The Andrews Theatre, the home of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, 625 Main Street, Buffalo, through Sunday, May 19. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket prices range from $34 to $42. Student tickets are available for just $15 with valid student ID.


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