First came the spate of bad reviews.
Then word got out on Friday that either ticket sales had to pick up immediately or the new Broadway revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo would close today, although the final announcement won't come until tomorrow.
Playbill reports that Telecharge was only selling tickets for performances through today, and it quotes producer Ben Sprecher as saying that a "provisional" closing notice was posted November 19:
If the box office doesn't drastically improve, American Buffalo will play its final performance on Sunday... If ticket sales spurt dramatically, I'll be glad to extend the show.
Don't bet any wooden nickels that the latter will occur.
The Robert Falls-helmed production stars John Leguizamo, Cedric the Entertainer and Haley Joel Osment. If the show is indeed concluding today, it will have played just nine regular performances.
For die-hard Mamet fans, there's always the more favorably reviewed Broadway revival of Speed-The-Plow to carry you through.
UPDATE (11/24/08, 12:05 p.m.): While I have not seen official notice anywhere else, the American Buffalo Web site indicates that yesterday's performance was indeed the last.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).