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Small-time crooks and military lawyers on stage

Next week our island will become a stage for two theatrical plays. The first performance on the agenda is American Buffalo, to be staged in Nicosia and Limassol, and the second is A Few Good Men, to be played out in Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia.

The Kypria International Festival has now entered its theatre phase and next on its list is American Buffalo by American playwright David Mamet. The two-act play, starring Greek actors Petros Filippidis, Giannis Bezos and Orfeas Avgoustidis, is set in a junk shop. There, three small-time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable Buffalo nickel.

Donny, the junk shop owner, Bobby, a young junkie, and Teach, a violently paranoid loudmouth, all become pawns caught up in their own game.

The second play of the week is Code Red – or A Few Good Men – presented by Alpha Square in Limassol on Friday, Larnaca on Saturday and Nicosia on September 26. The performance in Nicosia is part of the Theatre Festival organised by Strovolos Municipality.

The play, which was written by Aaron Sorkin and premiered on Broadway in 1989 (then made into a film starring Tom Cruise in 1992), tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two US Marines accused of murder. The defence is originally based upon the fact that the murder victim was given a so-called ‘code red’.

American Buffalo
Performance of the play by David Mamet as part of the Kypria International Festival. September 21. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 6pm and 8.30pm. €5/10. In Greek. Tel: 22-313010
September 22. Pattihio Theatre, Limassol

Code Red – A Few Good Men
Performance of the play by Aaron Sorkin. September 22. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €16/12. Tel: 77-777745
September 23. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €16/12. Tel: 77-777040
September 26. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €5. Tel: 22-470470

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