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David Mamet
Tapping into the relevant grit of 'American Buffalo'
Tapping into the relevant grit of 'American Buffalo'

Taped to the side of the counter in the junk shop that forms the set for David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at Center Stage is a vintage sign: "People who advocate violence should be shot." Most people in the audience will never see that sign, or hundreds of other items crammed on and around the stage to recreate in painstaking detail the 1970s junk shop Mamet specifies. But all of those objects have a part in creating the uncomfortably real world of dark humor and dark prospects for the three edgy characters who animate this theater classic. Helping to uncover that reality is South African-born American director Liesl Tommy, making her Center Stage debut and her...