American Buffalo By David Mamet
American Buffalo, David Mamet's first two-act play, received mostly lukewarm reviews when it appeared in 1975. Within a decade?after several high-profile productions and a film starring Dustin Hoffman?it helped establish his international reputation. This play and Glengarry Glen Ross (written in 1983) were the works that ultimately changed many people's minds about Mamet, demonstrating that his habitual themes of deception and betrayal weren't merely the crotchets of an angry young Pinter-epigone but rather essential aspects of a coherent artistic vision encompassing American culture as a whole.