At the start of this year I made the conscious decision to go to the theatre more in 2015. Theatre is my first love and for one reason or another my visits slowed down over time. So a couple of months ago, I started booking tickets and as soon as I learned about Damian Lewis and John Goodman appearing in American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre, I booked my ticket for the first night possible, which was last Thursday.
Wyndham’s Theatre has been a hit and miss place to watch plays for me so I went along hoping, really hoping, this wasn’t going to be one of those ‘miss’ experiences.
After all, Damian Lewis, John Goodman? I love those guys. Plus it was a David Mamet play. Expectations were high and after watching Antigone with Juliette Binoche last month I really wanted a reason to fall back in love with the stage. So was it any good?
It was very good and after all I’ve just said, surprisingly good.
American Buffalo develops with the witty, sharp dialogue that you can only expect from David Mamet. The lines were slick and the characters were affecting and engaging in their own way.
Damian Lewis looked like he had stepped out of Carlito’s Way, oversized sunglasses included, in his role as “Teach” Cole whilst John Goodman was well-drawn as the tender yet scheming Don Dubrow. But the biggest surprise of all was Tom Sturridge who I only mention now because when I booked my ticket I had no expectation of him at all. I’d never seen his acting anywhere so I assumed he would be at best ok. Tom Sturridge was the surprise of the evening. His acting talent was superb, flawless and very convincing as the ‘junkie’ Bob. He broke my heart every time he spoke. You could hear the years of pain that makes Bob who he is.
But American Buffalo isn’t what you expect. It’s full of laughter, heart and most of all, it explores the friendships between three unlikely comrades.
If you can get a ticket, do. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.