Art Alert: American Buffalo play at the American University in Cairo

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Jan 2017

The play will be staged for 10 nights between at Gerhart Theatre.

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American Buffalo play (Photo: part of promotional material for American Buffalo by Theatre X)

The play by award winning playwright David Mamet, American Buffalo, will be staged at Gerhart Theatre starting 8 February.

The play is produced by Theatre X, a “non-profit professional theatre company supporting the educational mission of the American University in Cairo Theatre Programme,” according to their Facebook page.

American Buffalo is a 1975 play that centers on three men in a run-down junk shop, who plan a heist to retrieve a Buffalo Nickel (an American five-cent coin that was circulating between 1913 to 1938) which they think is worth more than the price it was sold with.

“This fast paced drama is all aggression and testosterone, with the characters using their words like weapons to intimidate, persuade, and manipulate one another. The outcomes are comedic, strong, and touching in a play that is regarded as a modern masterpiece,” Theatre X writes in the description on Facebook.

Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director born in 1947. He is a Pulitzer prize winner, and has received Tony nominations for hi splays Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988).

He was nominated twice for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay based on material from another medium for his films The Verdict (1982) and Wag The Dog (1997).

His work on-screen has won awards at major festivals such as Venice Film festival, and was also nominated for the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Cannes, and Emmy awards among others.

His work is known for being cynical and street-smart, a style that is so distinctive it became dubbed as ‘Mamet Speak.’

American Buffalo will be performed by Jason Will, Waleed Hammad and Pola Kamel.

For ticket reservations call: 01067847109

The play runs daily between 8 and 18 February, except for 11 February, at 7pm.
Gerhart Theatre, American University in Cairo, Road 90, Fifth Settlement, New Cairo

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