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    AMERICAN BUFFALO

    David Mamet's "American Buffalo," first presented 26 years ago, is approaching the age at which it may be deemed a classic.

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    State of the Arts

    Twenty years from now some expertspredict, the dichotomy of performing arts will have undergone a shift. The two kinds of theatrical companies will no longer be for-profit and non-profit (with the former producing mass entertainment and the latter offering "high art"), but simply big vs. small.

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    Broadway Show League

    The scores for Broadway Show League games of Thurs., July 19:

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    Revival Shows to Come to the New York Theatre

    The Richard Rodgers Centennial is one year away, but festivities honoring the legendary theater composer's sweetest sounds begin this fall and will continue into 2002 and beyond.

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    A Thurber Carnival

    "A Thurber Carnival," presented by and at El Portal Center's Circle Theater, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. June 15-July 15. $20. (818) 508-4200.

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    Death Defying Acts

    "Death Defying Acts," presented by International City Theatre at the Center Theater in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. June 22-July 15. $27-35. (562) 436-4610.

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    Santa Fe Opera Kicks Off Season

    The Santa Fe Opera's 45th season kicks off Friday with Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor."

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    'Woman' Thesp Okay After Tumble

    Many years ago, Kander and Ebb wrote a song for Chita Rivera's cabaret act called "Why Don't They Mention the Pain?" Its point was that the physical toll of a stage career may be hidden from audiences, but the performers know all too well how ruinous it can ...

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    Mad Rep

    I was recently talking to one of my close family members about Monty Python, the famed comic group that gave the world such classic films as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (recently re-released in theatres), The Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, as well ...

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    Black Theatre Festival Falls Short of Budget

    The National Black Theatre Festival may have to cancel some productions because of a $300,000 budget shortfall, its founder says.