… Creative Transformation …

Van Gogh, in his painting The Night Cafe turns a down and outers’ bar into a church, recreating its denizens in the process.  In David Mamet’s American Buffalo, we come to see a low-life junk shop as a home and its loser occupants gain a big win — a family.

This play is in many ways the opposite of A Man for All Seasons, recently reviewed here on Let’s Talk Off Broadway.  Instead of men in high positions loftily debating issues of Universal Importance, it’s about three at the bottom of the ladder planning a heist with profanity peppered language.  These men have vast failings but genuine feelings they don’t themselves know until the hot circumstances and cause and effect of the failed heist bring them deeper understanding.

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