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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

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.

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.

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.

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.


See it if You are a fan of Sam Shepard Plays. Some good moments very good performances but I play does not progress and some things left uexplained.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy place with quirky Offbeat characters

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Flat

See it if You want to see a typical Shepherd play, albeit lacking in menace or a terrific Ed Harris performance.

Don't see it if Shepherd is not your cup of bullion or you want your family dramas neatly tied up and relatable.

Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if Loved the first act went down from there and could have skipped the dead baby. Acting was wonderful, a real great.

Don't see it if Don't want to see a dead baby.

Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you like Ed Harris. He is incredible and worth the price of admission

Don't see it if you're not a die-hard Shepard fan

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like suspense with great acting. I thought the actors did a great job playing intense characters but found it a bit confusing

Don't see it if You don't like dark suspenseful stories.

Slow, Dated, Intense, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want to see some excellent actors struggle to bring sense, cohesion and emotional truth to a difficult American classic

Don't see it if You aren't into Sam Shepard, or if you are really into Sam Shepard and have seen a better production of this play.

Banal, Great acting, Slow, Old fashioned

See it if You like classical playwriting and long dialog with not a lot of action. See it if you want to see Ed Harris be awesome.

Don't see it if You want to be captivated by an engaging mystery. It's a bit meh in the end.

Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you think great acting can overcome a story that really doesn't fit

Don't see it if you can't get past a story that doesn't really click

Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Drama filled family relationships are your thing.

Don't see it if Family disfunction hits too close to home

Confusing, Slow, Funny, Great staging, Alright

See it if You're a fan of Ed Harris.

Don't see it if You're looking for a straightforward plot and complete performances.

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and other great performers up close and in person.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained, enlightened, absorbed...the direction bogs this production down creating more questions than it answers

Slow, Intense, Boring

See it if you don't mind getting little to no background on the characters.

Don't see it if you can at all help it. You don't like dark dramas.

Confusing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Slow

See it if If you're a Shepard fan like me.

Don't see it if You're looking for something uplifting.

Clever, Excruciating, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You love Ed Harris, he's a true master actor.

Don't see it if You already know his work well.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you're a fan of the author or want to see some semi-celebrites onstage

Don't see it if You find non-musicals slow. This one is hard to follow.

During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Quirky

See it if You want to see very good acting performances in a small space

Don't see it if Youret expecting something as engaging as Fool for Love

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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