American Buffalo review - April 2015

American Buffalo Opens At The Wyndham's Theatre

Starring John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge, three serious acting A-listers, American Buffalo opened last night at the Wyndham's Theatre to a warm response.

Below we have culminated the critics response to American Buffalo so you can get an idea of how the show has been received. Do let us know if you have seen the performance, we would love to know your thoughts.

Reviews Round Up

official theatre logostar-rating-3.0Our Review "Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge bring a real wealth of acting talent to the stage of the Wyndham’s, they show a most diverse range of styles and techniques that only find a harmony in a few rare (but wonderful) moments."

the-guardian-110x80star-rating-4.0Michael Billington - The Guardian "All three actors are very fine but the great virtue of this production is that it is more than a showpiece for stars and highlights Mamet’s ability to write a far-reaching fable."

london-evening-standard-110x80star-rating-4.0Henry Hitchings - Evening Standard "This being Mamet, the dialogue has a gritty musicality. Dense with repetitions and savage riffs, it switches between gruff profanity and demented jazziness."
the-stage-110x80star-rating-4.0Mark Shenton - The Stage "Mamet in top form is a theatrical wonder, and this production offers a top drawer cast to reveal the play’s intricate patterns"
daily-telegraph-110x80star-rating-3.0Dominic Cavendish – The Telegraph "Damian Lewis is the bee’s knees"

timeout-110x80star-rating-3.0Andrzej Lukowski - Time Out Evans’s "Evans's production mutes the gloom, and at the night’s best and funniest, it has the absurdist pop and zing of a vintage episode of ‘Seinfeld’, Lewis a highly-strung George, Goodman the avuncular Jerry as they whine and bicker over the mundane minutiae of casing a joint."

whatsonstage-110x80star-rating-3.0Michael Covney - WhatsOnStage "The evening lacks heat and real excitement, but not for want of production back-up: Paul Wills has designed a fantastically chaotic junk shop with a celestial."
the-times-110x80star-rating-2.0Dominic Maxwell - The Times "surprisingly sluggish."

West-End-Wilmastar-rating-5.0 West End Wilma  "Tom Sturridge plays youngster Bob brilliantly. With his erratic behaviour you are never quite sure if he is drugged up to his eyeballs or just mentally challenged but as the play goes on this becomes clearer. Tom is without a doubt the star performer in this play which has three very talented actors."

Theatre Thoughtsstar-rating-5.0 Theatre Thoughts Blog "Mamet has a way of writing male dialogue that is authentic as well as rhythmic. I really noticed this in American Buffalo the pace and punch of the dialogue was a joy to watch."

West End Frame star-rating-3.0 West End Frame "It's fascinating to watch Lewis, Goodman and Sturridge approaching the piece differently. Each brings something unique to the table, whilst bouncing off each other spectacularly."

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27 April 2015, Wyndham's Theatre