Years before he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Glengarry Glen Ross, revered playwright and screenwriter David Mamet earned his reputation as the “profane poet” with the 1975 junk shop tragedy American Buffalo. Set in Don’s Resale Shop, the “tense and funny ride” follows a trio of petty criminals whose plot to steal a valuable coin collection doesn’t exactly add up. Described by Mamet as “a play about the need for tenderness,” American Buffalo employs the power of words (including four-letter ones that begin with “F” and “C”) in a fashion that evidences the Chicago native’s knack for drawing “iambic pentameter out of the vernacular of the underclass.” Rick Frederick directs and visual artist Jeremiah Teutsch designs the AtticRep production. $10-$25; 8pm Thu, Dec 13; Attic Theatre, Trinity University, One Trinity, (210) 999-8524, atticrep.org. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.