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Deaf West dives into David Mamet's fighting words in 'American Buffalo'
Deaf West dives into David Mamet's fighting words in 'American Buffalo'

To say the word "coin" in American Sign Language, you join the tip of your index finger to your thumb to create a circle, like making the "OK" sign, and then place the palm of your other hand beneath it. But if you remove your palm from beneath the circle, the word "coin" becomes a seven-letter expletive. The difference is an important one for the cast of a new revival of "American Buffalo," David Mamet's profanity-filled drama in which a valuable nickel coin serves as the catalyst for the action. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Feb. 20, 1:36 p.m.: An earlier version of this article reversed the ASL definitions of "coin" and...

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