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Irish Classical deftly handles Mamet's gritty 'American Buffalo'

By Colin Dabkowski

David Mamet’s 1977 hit, about a trio of amateur robbers and their ill-conceived burglary scheme, struck Irish Classical Theatre co-founder Vincent O’Neill as an instant American classic.

“To me, David Mamet is America’s Harold Pinter,” O’Neill said. “He’s a master of language, he’s a master of rhythm and he’s a master of [what] Pinter used to call it the weasel under the coffee table: On the surface, everybody’s sitting down for afternoon tea, but there’s a weasel under the coffee table and we’re waiting for it to bite somebody on the ankle.”

In “American Buffalo,” directed by Chris Cavanagh, people get bit.

Read Ted Hadley's four star review of the show. Here's more from O'Neill about the play:

“American Buffalo,” through May 19 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. $34 to $42. 852-4282 or

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