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Buried Child

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow

About the show

The New Group presents Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an American family struggling to overcome the many obstacles in the way of the American Dream. Starring Ed Harris. More…

Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend, no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This poetic and comedic take on the American family drama pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.

Member Reviews (104)


Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow
Avg Score

Overrated, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you love Sam Shepard's work. I don't so, naturally, this production was disappointing to me. Some, but not all, of the acting was strong.

Don't see it if you want a plot that makes sense; there are so many red herrings that if feels like Shepard forgot what he was doing.

Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting, Bad writing, Boring

See it if great acting. Many 5-min segments are entertaining in themselves. But the actions character take to link them are just illogical. not clever

Don't see it if it's one soap box after another. no character asks any questions we'd like explained. And the only one they do, the title already answered.

Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting, Weird, Slow

See it if You like strange stories w/ odd characters. It has good moments & performances but I felt unfulfilled by unanswered questions by the end.

Don't see it if You arent satisfied by a shows that don't explain why characters are the way they are. I waited for some big reveal that never came.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if you like great acting, staging and Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if If you are faint of heart or squeamish, very deep and brutal at times.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see some really fine acting in a solid revival of one of Sam Shepard's best plays.

Don't see it if you are squeamish and/or prefer your family dramas to be conventional.

Slow, Intense, Edgy, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You're a big Ed Harris fan and want to see him at the top of his game.

Don't see it if You generally dislike Sam Shepard plays.... This won't help.

Riveting, Profound

See it if You like Sam Sheppard. The acting is good and the story is messed up which I like.

Don't see it if you don't like Sam S. You either like his stuff or you don't

Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if're a Sam Shepard fan. Captivating performances tease out an over-arching mystery.

Don't see it if By the time the mystery was revealed, I no longer cared. There was no sense to anyone's actions. Maybe I'm just too old for this s**t.

Great acting, Edgy, Original, Riveting, Quirky

See it if You want to see a great performance by Ed Harris in a fine revival of Sam Shepard's engrossing show.

Don't see it if You are not into quirky plays about dysfunctional families. This one is REALLY dysfunctional.

Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thought-provoking, open ended Sam Shepard plays. Ed Harris is fantastic but some of the younger actors don't match his skill.

Don't see it if you don't understand Sam Shepard or if you want a show where all loose ends are tied up. This isn't like that.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Original, Masterful

See it if You are a Sam Shepard fan, love great acting, emotional involvement, story of human involvement and frailties.

Don't see it if You do not like to think.

Absorbing, Intense, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy deep thought-provoking drama about the lives and trials of a poor American family.

Don't see it if You want to see something uplifting and happy, and do not enjoy dark deep drama.

Intense, Absorbing, Depressing, Disturbing, Great acting

See it if you like dramas about dysfunctional families or just want to catch a Pulitzer Prize winner you've never seen.

Don't see it if you prefer light-hearted shows -- this one is quite the opposite.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Intense, Riveting

See it if Although some of the actors were not as good as I would have liked, most were wonderful. It was very intense, making one teary eyed.

Don't see it if If you don't like intense drama.

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great production of a very archetypal Sam Shepard play.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for the two-hour running time or don't want to be made to think.

Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Intense, Funny

See it if to experience one of the most iconic american plays ever written. Harris is just terrific, but there are some weak cast members.

Don't see it if you want to avoid an intense family drama, or if you know you don't like Shepard: this is echt-Shepard. It is very funny - but very bitter.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense

See it if Sam Shepard at his best. A damn good play being given a strong production.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason a theater lover would not want to see this production.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you endured Bruce Willis in Misery - Ed Harris gives a master class here in how to act well when your character is mostly unable to move.

Don't see it if you lack patience...the pace is slow.

Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like Sam Shepard's work. And if you want to experience the great Ed Harris live on stage. It's uneven as a whole - but still worthwhile.

Don't see it if you don't like to think. Or if you don't want to go to dark places. It's a disturbing story - and it isn't always clear.

Great acting, Profound, Dated, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Typical Sam Shepherd drama. Great acting .

Don't see it if Hate family drama and Sam Shepherd.

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to add to your Sam Shepard portfolio. Also, if you want to see a play that won the Pulitzer (albeit in 1979).

Don't see it if you like topical plays that still resonate today.

Great writing, Great acting, Disappointing, Bad directing, Uneven acting talent

See it if You have never seen "Buried Child" before - it's not often revived, and it's a rare chance to see someone like Ed Harris take on the lead.

Don't see it if You have seen other productions. This one was clearly weak and juvenile.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Well-directed

See it if you like Ed Harris' work, Scott Ellis' directing

Don't see it if you want it all laid out

Disappointing, Well-written, Dark

See it if you did not see the original production and you like dark drama, Sam Shepard plays deliver but for me, not this production.

Don't see it if you do not like the dark and quirky style of Sam Shepard plays,

Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if This was a disappointing revival. Taissa Farmiga is too green for the part. The Broadway revival of 1996 or 97 was far superior.

Don't see it if You saw the 1996 or 97 Broadway revival.

February 17th, 2016
"Mr. Elliott and his starry cast give us a thoughtful, lucid presentation that’s absorbing enough to remind us of why it’s always worth revisiting…The greatest strength and weakness of Mr. Elliott’s production lie in its determined prosiness...It wants us to listen to Mr. Shepard’s characters as ...
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February 18th, 2016
"Directed by Scott Elliott and anchored by a deeply textured yet effortless performance by Ed Harris, the revival doesn’t strain for shock, emphasizing ordinary rather than grotesque aspects of its characters’ lives...The ensemble is packed with veteran talent...While this may not be the finest '...
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February 17th, 2016
"Unfortunately, and despite two excellent performances, neither story seems terribly urgent in the New Group’s limp revival...Ed Harris, all gaunt charisma, brings specificity and gravity to a role that can sometimes seem merely symbolic…And as Halie, Dodge’s wife, Amy Madigan imbues that chatter...
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February 17th, 2016
"What once seemed so provocative, so daring in its assault on the American family and society in general, now comes across as windy and pretentious…For 'Buried Child' to have the desired impact, it must be presented with a bracing theatricality that this tame production never musters. Director Sc...
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