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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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want to see an interesting drama that makes you think. The acting is great.

Don't see it if You don't like Sam Shepard.

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

See it if you like dysfunctional family stories

Don't see it if you are looking for comedy

Confusing, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious

See it if You like Sam Shepard and appreciate his deep insight writing that is not normal dialogue.

Don't see it if You want just a straight play. This is dark and can be confusing at times.

Great acting, Intense, Funny

See it if You like an original story about a family and a secret

Don't see it if You don't like a slow plot

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.

Intense, Great acting, Profound



Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Ed Harris. The audience is required to do some work, as much is implied.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Sam Shepard's quirky, dark style or are looking for something uplifting.

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

See it if you are a fan of Sam Shepard's playwrighting, great acting, interesting staging.

Don't see it if Intense family dramas aren't for you.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You admire great ensemble acting, fine writing and provocative material.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about unpleasant people and situations that can be mysterious and confusing.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays that are intellectually stimulating and have great comedic relief

Don't see it if Don't like serious plays

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You are looking for a production that will captivate you and make you see what good theatre is.

Don't see it if You don't like Sam Shepard.

Great acting

See it if You want to see great acting. And the depiction of a truly dysfunctional family. A magnificent cast.

Don't see it if Dysfunction disturbs you. And the subject matter offends you. It's a very real play.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Funny

See it if You love complex, well-written drama.

Don't see it if Difficult family issues are a problem for you to watch.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if you appreciate the absurd & tragic profundity of family loyalty in the midst of each individual's choices.

Don't see it if you want uncomplicated characters or simple endings.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you're a Sam Shepard fan, like gritty theater, like Ed Harris and Amy Madigan who are excellent, enjoy powerful, mind boggling productions

Don't see it if you don't like to think while you are at the theater, want everything handed to you by the playwright on a silver platter,

During previews
Original, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You like Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and other great actors. If you like Sam Shepard and haven't seen this play.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky family dramas

During previews
Oh! my! god!, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You have missed Paul Sparks lately. You might want to say you saw Vera's daughter's stage debut. You want to see Sam Shepard's best play.

Don't see it if You don't care that you might miss one of the season's best shows, or one of Ed Harris's good performances.

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great actors in slightly odd roles, multilayered plots, and classic plays that make you think.

Don't see it if You are easily confused, or miss subtly. Also don't see it if you need all the actors to be amazing (youngest 2 actors were kind of weak)

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 writing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Ed Harris show you what acting looks like. Ms. Madigan is refreshing in the part of the wife.

Don't see it if you expect clarity in this play. There is no real sense of what the play is about. Also couple of huge missteps with casting.

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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