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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

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.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Clever

See it if Enjoy a story about a family and hidden secrets

Don't see it if Want to see a light hearted comedy

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.

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.

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.

Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for a well acted drama of a well scripted play.

Don't see it if you can't deal with drama and family disfunction, or you're looking for fluffy entertainment theatre.

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

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You like dark plays that don't spell everything out for you

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that leave things open for interpretation.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Demanding

See it if you want to see some of the best acting imaginable on a stage.

Don't see it if you want escapist entertainment.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Shocking

See it if You enjoy Sam Shepard....bizarre play....great acting. Ed Harris is amazing.

Don't see it if Do not like disturbing subject matter

Great acting, Intense, Great cast!

See it if you really love an intense drama. Ed Harris gives a strong performance, surrounded by an ensemble of top notch actors. It really floors you.

Don't see it if You dislike plays, especially those written by Sam Shepard or those that deal with family conflict either.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy Sam Shephard, this is his best play

Don't see it if absurdist and surreal comedy and drama

Great acting, Intense, Overrated

See it if Deep, dark dramas with solid performances.

Don't see it if You're interested in actuality liking any of the characters on stage. Well acted but left me wanting a lot more from the script.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Sam Shepard plays and love really good acting

Don't see it if you don't like depressing and dark shows

Slow, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you want to see a simple story told with some decent acting.

Don't see it if talking is not your thing. There is a lot of it and some of it isn't all that captivating.

Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Quirky

See it if Great acting by Ed Harris. I was unfamiliar w/this play so didn't know what to expect, didn't care for it. Male characters were well acted.

Don't see it if If you don't like dark, slightly confusing platy that doesn't answer all questions. I thought Taissa Farmiga's performance was rather weak.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Great performances by all the cast. Subtle humor, intense drama and well, it's a Sam Shepard play...

Don't see it if You're not a Sam Shepard fan or if you don't like intense family drama

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if this classic Pulitzer Prize winning drama. This production is engaging and offers a mostly solid cast. Ed Harris anyone?

Don't see it if you dislike thought provoking, symbolic theater pieces. This is a funny play but it's also very dark with twists and turns.

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Unnecessarily morbid, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if you want an uplifting experience.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if want to see a master at work- Ed Harris is brilliant. Buried Child is a family drama about secrets that damage. But young actors miscast.

Don't see it if You find it frustrating to still have questions about the complex plot when the play ends.

Absorbing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You have a high tolerance for extremely intense and sad shows. And love Sam Sheppard.

Don't see it if You are in a depressed state.

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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