Thursday, October 23, 2008

See American Buffalo for a Nickel

What a smart marketing idea: take advantage of the deteriorating economy -- and the casting of Haley Joey Osment, John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo -- and offer a ticket for 5 cents if you buy a full-price ticket for the play. How many people, though, know what a buffalo nickel is? And how much money will the producers lose on each of these nickel tickets? Clearly they're banking on volume, and the casting of this revival make may that a smart bet.

Personally, I haven't decided whether I'm reviewing American Buffalo or not, given how I often feel about Mamet's work and certainly how I feel about his current right-leaning politics. But the casting is so intriguing that I may have to succumb.

Meantime, here's the information I received on this offer, plus the nifty image.

See American Buffalo for a Nickel!

Fri., Oct. 31 @ 8; Sat., Nov. 1 @ 2 & 8; Sun., Nov. 2 @ 3; Mon., Nov. 3 @ 8

DAVID MAMET's masterpiece, AMERICAN BUFFALO, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner ROBERT FALLS (Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night), is the story of three desperate men, one rare coin and a plan to rip it off. Volatile, violent Teach (JOHN LEGUIZAMO - Sexaholix: A Love Story; Freaks; Summer of Sam) schemes and spars with street-savvy junk-shop owner Donny (CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER - Be Cool; Barbershop - making his Broadway debut) eventually enlisting Bobby (HALEY JOEL OSMENT - The Sixth Sense - also making his Broadway debut), a slow-witted, young delinquent, to carry out their robbery. A comedic, banter-fueled heist and a heartbreaking portrait of small-time criminals, AMERICAN BUFFALO's all-star cast is powered by DAVID MAMET's brilliant, rapid-fire dialogue.

3 Easy Ways to Order Election Special Tickets:
1. Visit and use code AUELEC8.
2. Call 212-947-8844 and use code AUELEC8.
3. Bring a print-out of this email to the Belasco Theatre box office, 111 West 44th Street. Box Office Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 8pm; Sunday: Noon - 6pm (Starting Nov 2).


$76.50 Orch/Preferred Mezz
$71.50 Mezz

Use code AUBBX92.
Valid for performances Nov. 5 – 23
Tue. @ 7; Wed.-Sat. @ 8; Wed. & Sat. @ 2; Sun. @ 3

*Offers subject to availability and prior sale. Applicable only to specified performance dates and times; Post-Election Offer not valid for Saturday performances at 8PM. Post-Election offer not valid on opening night, November 17. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other offers. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. All prices include facilities fees. Telephone/internet orders subject to standard service fees. Limit 8 tickets per order. Offers may be revoked at any time. Election Special Offer expires November 3. Post-Election offer expires November 23, 2008. Photos: Justin Borucki

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