Laurence Fishburne Takes the Stage in “American Buffalo”

All words are a stage

David Mamet has performed on more stages than Shakespeare. Now comes an effing revival of his 1975 effing smash the effing terrific “American buffalo.” This film stars the amazing Emmy and Tony winner Laurence Fishburne, as well as Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss. The Mamet Dialogue, not for a school auditorium or the Catholic Hour, speaks in four-letter words. Some start with “C”, some with “F”, some with “S”.

Fishburne: “You get used to it. What you do is repeat them over and over again. Make yourself comfortable with it. There are only three words that he uses repeatedly. You get used to it until it’s almost fun to say.

“Not that I’m used to saying all those words over and over again in my personal life. It’s not like I throw them around at home in real life.

“I became familiar with this dialogue because I started the project two years ago. I had all the time to work on it because our opening was delayed with the Broadway closure and the pandemic. In order to learn all the lines, I memorized a few sentences at a time. Not all at once. It was a repeat. Take a three page section for example. Say it over and over until it sticks. I did this alone With no one. Alone.

“Although this play did change theater, I had never seen it before and it’s one I’ve always wanted to do.”

Laurence Fishburne speaks on stage.
To learn his lines, Fishburne memorized his lines “a few sentences at a time.”
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Born in Georgia, raised in Brooklyn, his first play was set “in a cramped little downtown theater space. I was 10 years old.” He now has three children. “My youngest is in high school. My son in New Orleans is an actor. Who knows if it’s difficult being Laurence Fishburne’s son, but it’s what they want, none of my business. He has grown. He’s a good guy, and he makes his bones in this business. At the moment I am here until July.”

“Here” is Circle in the Square. Principal Producer Jeffrey Richards. Opening, 14.4.

balancing act

NEW York sends more to Washington than it receives in federal money. Always. But State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says New York received more federal spending than we paid. He calls it a positive balance due to the influx of federal aid and the Fed’s pandemic response. For real? The case is — we’re getting $1.59 — up from 91 cents last year — but still below the national average of $1.92. His arithmetic is great. How about we all get together, pack up and send him an abacus?

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli addresses the New York State Democratic Committee.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says New York received more federal spending than it paid.
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A dormant action

FRIDAY March 18th is World Sleep Day – whatever that all means. I never knew about it before. I probably missed the explanation. At least that night The documentary “The Quest for Sleep” premieres at the SVA Theater downtown. Insomnia follows. forget sheep. watch the movie Maybe it will help you snooze.

Collect money for war victims

HAMPTONS Chef Binh Douglas: “We’re throwing away the ‘Molotov Cocktail’ aperitif. We donate profits to World Kitchen, which has sent chefs to the area to feed refugees. We serve Ukrainian borscht, stuffed cabbage, something called Chicken Kyiv. Boycotting vodkas doesn’t help. Vodkas with Russian names like Stoli are not even made in Russia. I appreciate it when people just say ‘Down with Russia’ but – and yet – these people are really doing nothing to support Ukraine.”

A man gestures to his family in front of a train bound for Poland at Lviv station amid a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Hamptons chef Binh Douglas announced he is donating profits to help victims of the Ukraine crisis.
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Hello Joe!

Meanwhile, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx supports the Italians. Who knew March 19th is St. Joseph’s Day? They support everyone with the name Joe. (Except Barf Biden). They send friends, eaters, relatives, customers – whoever’s name is Joe – a St. Joseph pastry. Who knew there even was a St. Joseph pastry? What next – Coney Island tees off a Kamala cruller?

ENOUGH with today’s food restrictions, high prices, low employment and ongoing supply chain issues. Now you go to a restaurant, order a $35 entree and the waiter asks, “On rye or white?”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York. Laurence Fishburne Takes the Stage in “American Buffalo”


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