American Buffalo

Play - Original

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: February 8, 1977
  • Opening Date: February 16, 1977
  • Closing Date: June 11, 1977
  • Previews: 13
  • Performances: 122

Playwright: David Mamet


After underselling a valuable nickel to a customer, junk shop owner Don and a team of third-rate crooks plot to seek revenge by stealing the customer's coin collection.


Opening Night Cast

Robert Duvall Walter Cole
Kenneth McMillan Donny Dubrow
John Savage Bobby
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Opening Night Production Credits

David Mamet David Mamet Writer
  Ulu Grosbard Director
Santo Loquasto Santo Loquasto Scenic Design
  Jules Fisher Lighting Design
  Marvin A. Krauss General Manager
  Al J. Isaac Company Manager
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Outstanding Actor in a Play Robert Duvall Nominee
1977 Outstanding Director of a Play Ulu Grosbard Nominee
1977 Outstanding New Play (American) Joseph Beruh
Edgar Lansbury
David Mamet
1977 Outstanding Set Design Santo Loquasto Winner

New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Best American Play David Mamet Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Direction of a Play Ulu Grosbard Nominee
1977 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Santo Loquasto Nominee
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