American Buffalo

American Buffalo

David Mamet’s powerful drama American Buffalo returns to Broadway more relevant than ever and boasting an all-star cast. American Buffalo tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

Although Broadway theatres will allow the optional use of face-coverings from July 1American Buffalo audiences will be required to wear masks at all performances through July 10. This is due to the intimate theatre and staging in-the-round.

At a junk shop in Chicago, owner Donny believes he has just been swindled. Donny sold a buffalo nickel to a customer for $90, only to realize too late that the nickel was worth much more. Donny hatches a plot to steal the nickel back, getting both his young employee and a poker friend involved. But soon events will spin out of Donny’s control.

American Buffalo returns to Broadway with a glittering cast. Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne stars as Donny, alongside Oscar winner Sam Rockwell as poker buddy Teach and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss as ‘gofer’ Bobby. Seasoned director Neil Pepe stages the third Mamet revival on Broadway of his career. Pepe has also staged several of Mamet’s works off-Broadway and is artistic director of Atlantic Theater Company, which Mamet co-founded in 1985.

Mamet’s classic and enduring play is revived on Broadway for the third time. The American Buffalo Broadway premiere was in 1977, with a cast featuring Robert Duvall. It returned in 1983, this time at the Booth Theatre and featuring Al Pacino. The American Buffalo play was last revived on Broadway in 2008 at the Belasco Theatre, starring Cedric the Entertainer and John Leguizamo, though that production closed after just eight performances. 

Though it is one of Mamet’s earliest plays, American Buffalo retains its power as an intense and brutally truthful dissection of the American Dream and the extremes to which men can be driven by desperation. Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning winner and has been nominated for two Tony Awards. Other acclaimed works by Mamet include Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow.

Tickets to American Buffalo are available now. Get your American Buffalo tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.

Darren Criss
Darren Criss
as Bobby

Until 10 Jul 2022

Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
as Donny

Until 10 Jul 2022

Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
as Teach

Until 10 Jul 2022

David Mamet
Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler, and Stephanie P. McClelland
Neil Pepe
Tyler Micoleau
Scott Pask
Dede Ayite
Cast list:
Laurence Fishburne (as Donny), Sam Rockwell (as Teach), and Darren Criss (as Bobby)
American Buffalo Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 22, 2022
Opening date: 
April 14, 2022
July 10, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Circle in the Square Theatre

1633 Broadway (between Broadway and 8th Avenue - at 50th Street), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
50th Street stations

Latest American Buffalo News & Features

Photo credit: American Buffalo (Photo courtesy of production)
‘American Buffalo’ to continue mandatory audience masking
June 27, 2022

Although wearing facemasks inside a Broadway theatre will become optional from July 1, American Buffalo will continue a facemask wearing mandate throughout all performances. American Buffalo will play at the Circle in the Square Theatre through July 10. Get American Buffalo tickets on New York Theatre Guide. Currently, all theatregoers must wear a facemask at a Broadway theatre, however from July 1, this will change to audience members being highly encouraged to wear a mask in a theatre. This policy will be evaluated on a monthly basis.

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See photos of Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss in 'American Buffalo' on Broadway
April 8, 2022

Save up your nickels for American Buffalo on Broadway! Tony and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Darren Criss headline the latest revival of David Mamet's play, and new production photos have been released. Fishburne leads the trio as Donny, a junk shop owner who realizes too late that he undersold a valuable buffalo nickel. With the help of his poker buddy Teach (Rockwell) and the young Bobby (Criss), he plots a late-night heist to get the nickel back, but infighting among the men threatens the whole operation.

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'American Buffalo' offers Broadway rush tickets on TodayTix
March 21, 2022

UPDATE: In addition to digital rush tickets, American Buffalo offers a digital lottery for $35 tickets. The lottery is open for entries between midnight and 3 p.m. the day before each performance, and winners are drawn at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Winners may purchase up to two tickets for the following day's performance.

Our American Buffalo Review

Staging American Buffalo in the woke era of 2022 is a brazen choice. The third Broadway revival of David Mamet’s 1975 play is now open after being put on hiatus in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, nearly two years later, the production playing at the Circle in the Square puts the controversial playwright and his chaotic play about three crooks back in front of audiences during a... Read more