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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow
75
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like slightly dark humor and great acting.

Don't see it if If you're disturbed easily.

75
Original, Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Watching a rural family in demise hunt for liquor and gather corn will remind you our collective linage is something we have to face.

Don't see it if You know Sheppard's mysterious plays aren't well served with flat realism. The cast is accomplished but Sam's wild sensibility is missing.

83
Absorbing, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a classic play being done in a classic way

Don't see it if You can't sit thru 2 hours of a show with no intermission

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Ed Harris gives an amazing performance. All but one actor was outstanding. Why a stage debut for one in professional show? Bad casting

Don't see it if You are not familiar with Sam Shepard and his style of writing.

80
Confusing, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you're a Sam Shepard, Ed Harris or Amy Madigan fan and/or like quirky plays where you have to connect a lot of dots.

Don't see it if you like light entertainment or want a good night's sleep after watching the end of the play.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to ed harris give the performance of a lifetime

Don't see it if you are expecting something new or silly

95
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a great Sam Shepard play. Terrific acting.

Don't see it if N/A

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Deep

See it if you like Sam Shephard's darkness

Don't see it if you are looking for an uplifting story.

63
Absorbing

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

76
Confusing, Edgy, Great writing, Slow, Profound

See it if you're a fan of shows that really make you think. The show puts the weight on the audience--you have to figure it out yourself

Don't see it if you need a show that clearly tells you what's happening

82
Plain, Epic, Resonant

See it if you want to see masterful contributions from many in the cast, especially Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.

Don't see it if you've done the Sam Shepard route.

70
Edgy, Great acting, Slow, Intense

See it if you love Ed Harris. He is amazing. This is not one of Shepard's better plays. The play is self-indulgent and the direction is uneven.

Don't see it if you are sleepy. If you are...the constant rain soundscape will put you under.

68
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.

87
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a terrifically acted and staged presentation of an American classic. Sheppard is a true original. Amy Madigan is electric.

Don't see it if You only like light entertainment. This is funny, dramatic and thought provoking.

80
Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if you love plays with an ensemble cast that melds well. Each of these actors carries their own weight and plays off each other intensely.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light, fluffy play. Serious subject matter with moments of dark humor. Shocker at the end.

70
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Slow

See it if you are a fan of classic "American Theatre" and want to see some strong acting. Ed Harris was in his character 30 minutes before the show.

Don't see it if dysfunctional family disturb you. And I left with so much confusion because of the lack of explanation for the character development.

72
Absorbing, Confusing

See it if you like Ed Harris

Don't see it if you don't like confusing plays

72
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you are a thinker.

Don't see it if You are easily upset by intense content.

75
Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Dated

See it if You admire Shepherd's absurdist side. This one of his more accessable plays, at times appallingly funny.Maybe not as shocking as it was once

Don't see it if Albee's dead or missing children have exhausted this particular trope for you. If you don't admire Ed Harris's prodigious talent

89
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You want to see a truly fantastic production of a one of our darker classic American plays. It's a swift, exciting 90 minute ride. Worth it.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light comedy or anything that will breeze over you. This one's a thinker.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a great collaboration between a talented set of actors and creative team.

Don't see it if you cringe at uncomfortable moments and want something more fast-paced.

99
Great acting, Funny, Riveting, Must see, Absorbing

See it if Looking for a tremendous cast led by Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. Sam Shepard's brilliant portrayal of a family lost in tragedy.

Don't see it if Looking for a fluffy, comical piece. Although witty with humor dispersed throughout, it is a tragedy after all.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Epic, Hilarious

See it if You want to see Ed Harris act the hell out of a role! Props to Madigan, Sparks, and Pine as well. A well-deserved Pulitzer to Mr. Shepard!

Don't see it if What were they thinking with casting the two younger actors. They are way out of their depth amongst the people mentioned above.

75
Funny

See it if you love Ed Harris...he is superb. Also, if you are sometimes underwelmed by overly clever set design. Great old fashioned set that serves

Don't see it if sitting for almost 2 hrs without an intermission is painful

87
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if If you like dramas with great story telling and keep you on the edge of your seat tension.

Don't see it if If you like musicals and light hearted shows.


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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