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Buried Child

From 104 member  reviews
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

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.

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense, Slow

See it if Very dark and unclear storying telling.

Don't see it if You need something more fast paced and less ambiguous.

Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You enjoy the playwright's works or shows about familial dysfunction.

Don't see it if You get anxious watching dysfunctional family situations

Overrated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You don't mind watching a talented and stellar cast reduced in a monotone, static, poor theatre production.

Don't see it if You enjoy great theatre productions.

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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