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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
Avg Score

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Quirky, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want to see one of the many great actors in this show.

Don't see it if you want a concrete well explained ending. The show ends on a confusing note.

During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Quirky

See it if You want to see very good acting performances in a small space

Don't see it if Youret expecting something as engaging as Fool for Love

During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if like theater at it's best. Masterful performance from Ed Harris and the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if don't like family drama theater

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you've never read or seen this show by Sam Shepard. If you have, see it for this cast! The writing and acting are things awards are made for

Don't see it if Tough family drama puts you off. It's not a comfortable show, but a show that makes you think and feel, which are the best to me.

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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