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FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS - February 1997

"BUFFALO" HEADED OUR WAY

On Monday, February 24, Footlights continues its series on anger & provocation with "American Buffalo" (1975), by American playwright David Mamet. The play tells of three crooks who need each other, but whose angry words eventually provoke physical violence. "American Buffalo" won both the Drama Critics Circle Award & the Obie. Mamet went on to win the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for "Glengarry Glen Ross."

We will meet at La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe, 7607 Old Georgetown Rd. (MD-187), in Bethesda (301-215-9142). La Madeleine is two blocks north of the Bethesda Metro (red line). The restaurant has a small parking area, & you can also park in the Town & Country Cleaner parking lot next door. Bring wine or beer if you like; the restaurant has no liquor license.

Dinner begins at 6:30 & our discussion at 7:30. Make your reservations by return e-mail or by calling Mark Gruenberg (202- 338-7013, eve & 202-638-0444, day). Ask for your special Footlights member discount for "American Buffalo" in NW DC at Chapters, 1512 K St.; Olsson's, 1307 19th St.; & Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW; & at Super Crown, 5110 Nicholson Lane (in the White Flint Shopping Center).

LOOKING BACK AT "ANGER"--AND AHEAD

Our January discussion of "Look Back in Anger" featured director Susan Einhorn, still in rehearsals at the Studio Theatre (the play opens Wednesday February 12). We will see the results of our meeting with Susan when, on Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m., Footlights attends "Look Back in Anger" at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St., NW, in DC (6 blocks east of DuPont Circle). Tickets cost $19 & include a post-performance discussion with the cast. Call or e-mail Robin Larkin (240-669-6300; robin.larkin@erols.com) to learn if tickets are still available. We will distribute tickets near the box office just before the play begins.

PROVOCATION & PATIENCE--THEN FRIENDSHIP

We look at a different kind of response to provocation on Tuesday March 18 when we discuss our first verse play, Archibald McLeish's "J.B.," an updating of the Biblical story of Job & winner of the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Watch for our series of plays on friendship, beginning on Wednesday April 16.

THREE-FOR-ONE AT THE PHOENIX THEATRE

See 3 Sylvia Cahill plays for the price of 1 at the Phoenix Theatre! The afternoon includes "Leave the Light On," "Sky Changes," & the award-winning "Ballycastle." Join Phoenix Theatre managing director Steffi Wallis & stage-manager (& Footlights' own) Peggy Kauders at the Phoenix Theatre, 2438 18th St., NW, on Groundhog Day, Sunday, February 2, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include a discussion with the playwright & cast. For tickets call Peggy at 301-530-9263.

BRITISH EMBASSY PLAYERS

The British Embassy Players include British Embassy staff, DC- area British subjects, & American anglophiles. Each year the BEP perform four major productions, all by British playwrights or on British topics. Playwrights produced have included Shakespeare, Noel Coward, Tom Stoppard, & Alan Ayckbourn. For more information, call 703-271-0172.