American Buffalo Historical Context

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Although written in 1975, American Buffalo premiered on Broadway in 1977, in the midst of a theater season notable for its collection of odd and, at times, disturbing array of new characters. The winner of that year's Pulitzer Prize, Michael Cristofer's The Shadow Box, concerns the ends of three characters' lives as they wait for the deaths that their respective terminal illnesses will bring Albert Innaurato's The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie examines a frightening mother-son relationship, where the child is filled with food by his mother to compensate for her never having loved him. The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, by Preston Jones, looks at old-school southern racism as seen through a bigoted fraternal order. John Bishop's The Trip Back Down follows the slow decline of a racecar driver who attempts to find victory one last time. Ashes by David Rudkin, is a theatrical yet clinical...

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