If you live in or around Carbondale, you’ll be very much at home when you step into Thunder River Theater to see the company’s latest production, “American Buffalo,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. It’s as if you’ve stepped into the Back Door Consignment Store, the Near New, or Miser’s Mercantile. The play takes place in a similar shop in an unnamed city, although Chicago, Mamet’s hometown, is implied (if you go, listen for clues). The set is chock full of good stuff from the stash of props Thunder River Theater Company (TRTC) has collected in its basement over the years, the kind of good stuff that easily could have passed through any or all of Carbondale’s well-loved secondhand stores at one time or another. You have until July 5 to see this first-rate production, skillfully directed by TRTC’s own favorite leading lady, Valerie Haugen.
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