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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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)
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.