American Buffalo

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

When you're desperate, you make desperate decisions. And so when Donny sells a customer a buffalo nickel and then starts thinking he got rooked on the deal, he decides to steal it back. And if he's going to steal one coin, he might as well steal the guy's whole collection. His plan is to pull off the heist with his employee, Bobby, but once Don's poker buddy Teach hears about the scheme he wants in, too — and he's far more violent than either of them. David Mamet's American Buffalo is about small-time crooks whose dream of a big score is as two-bit as they are. The American dream may be open to everyone, but some people's dreams are too small and surly to thrive. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents American Buffalo at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (December 2 to 18) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; Tickets are $30 to $35.

Paul Friswold

Price: $30-$35