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American Buffalo Review: Goodman, Lewis and Sturridge Dial Up Emotional Tension – April 28, 2015

American Buffalo Review: John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge Dial Up Emotional Tension in David Mamet’s Gift to Actors

This production of David Mamet’s 1975 play is full of gritty dialogue, three fine performances and a splendid set of sideburns, says Henry Hitchings.

by HENRY HITCHINGS – Evening Standard – April 28, 2015

Facing off: John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge (back) command the stage (Picture: Johan Persson)

David Mamet’s breakthrough play, which dates from 1975, puts male relationships under the microscope and is a gift to actors.

This starry revival boasts three fine performances and moments of abrasive comedy, even if it takes a while to come to the boil. John Goodman, an actor indelibly associated with the Coen Brothers’ films, is Don, the proprietor of a junk shop on Chicago’s South Side. Goodman is a lumbering and naturally warm presence, bringing easy plausibility to Don’s needy relationship with recovering drug addict Bobby (a pale and shaven-headed Tom Sturridge).
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