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Bobby (Trey McGee) and Teach (Michael G. McFadden) contemplate the inflated value of a rare coin in Red Curtain’s production of “American Buffalo,” which runs  Jan. 18 through Feb. 3 in Marysville.

“American Buffalo” is an award-winning play by one of America’s most renowned playwrights.

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts presents “American Buffalo” by David Mamet, Jan. 18 through Feb. 3 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. #J, in Marysville.

In a Chicago junk shop in the mid-1970s, three small-time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable buffalo head nickel. These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three – Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing; and “Teach,” a violently paranoid braggart – is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.

Directed by William R. Cole, the play features performances by Scott B Randall (Donny), Michael G. McFadden (Teach) and Trey McGee (Bobby). The script contains strong adult language and scenes of intense violence, and is not recommended for children.

New York Times critic Frank Rich noted: “In American Buffalo, [Mamet] has created a deceptively small-scale tragedy that is packed with the power to explode the largest of American myths." In its initial staging, the play won the Obie Award for Best New Play; the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play; the Drama Desk Award; and was nominated for two Tony awards.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Red Curtain Arts Center (9315 State Ave, Suite J -- in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the EvCC cosmetology school). Tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors (62+), students and military personnel. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com; at the RCF box office by phone 360.322.7402; or in-person at the arts center Tuesday-Saturday from 2-6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.redcurtainfoundation.org.

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