Last produced in NYC by Signature more than 20 years ago, this new production of "Curse of the Starving Class" honors Pulitzer Prize-winning Legacy Playwright Sam Shepard, who passed away in 2017. More…
Living a stagnant, unhappy existence in rural California, the struggling Tate family is desperate for change, but every family member has a different way of trying to improve their station in life.
See it if Intense special effect opens show. Respectful Sam Shepard rendering. One interesting performance. A friend recommends it.
Don't see it if The actor who has the first poetic monologue is so dull you almost miss the the lyricism of the lines. His later full-frontal nudity does
See it if You don't mind a sub par revival of classic Sam Shepard play. The writing & themes still have value even in this somewhat anemic revival.
Don't see it if This is your first introduction to Sam Shepard.
See it if You want to see a thought provoking show & don’t mind it’s full of (bogged down with?) metaphors and takes its time getting to the point.
Don't see it if If you want a clear storyline or message or something fun and fluffy.
Also Moments of genius wrapped inside a LOT of hot air.
See it if You want to see this Sam Shepard play if you never have, which is why I went to see it. I was very disappointed. Interesting set.
Don't see it if If you want a pleasant time. There is so much screaming, the characters are so strange that you really cannot care about them.
See it if you love everything Shepard (as I usually do); exceptional set; interest in an impoverished family trying to survive.
Don't see it if Don't appreciate dark, grim humor; not interested in how poverty affects the spirit, stomach & pocket; 1st act is long & slow; uneven acting
See it if you like Sam Shepard's blend of dark humor, oversized emotions and heavy doses of metaphor and if you don't mind grossness and male nudity.
Don't see it if you only like plays with characters that are at least a tiny bit sympathetic and if you have a low tolerance for tedious monologues.
See it if A little-seen Shepard. Funny writing. Thought-provoking. David Warshofsky gave a great performance.
Don't see it if Not one of his best. Maggie Siff was disappointing. The 2nd act was so gross, it was painful to watch.
See it if you are interested in the issues of the poor and the clash of the economic development with the rural classes.
Don't see it if if you are sensitive to alcoholism or abuse, or if you would not enjoy a play with unlikable characters.
See it if you like Shepard, if you like dysfunctional families, if you like insane dialogue. Interesting, wild imaginative set, lots to look at.
Don't see it if You dislike crazy families doing crazy things (yelling, throwing items, being pulled by a horse in the mud) all for no sane reason.
Also Two and a half long long hours. A few funny bits, but not enough.
See it if You want to see a nice set reveal. It happens in the first 10 seconds and then there's not much else going on.
Don't see it if You want subtle acting choices because everyone is just constantly yelling. Also act 1 is v long at an hour 45 mins.
See it if These characters were to me obnoxious.While their characters were truly defined or not is being left to the viewer?Too much dysfunction for
Don't see it if IF YOU WANT TO SEE A FUNCTIONAL FAMILY IN A LOVING SURROUNDING.
See it if you are a Sam Shepard completist and revel in dysfunctional family dynamics.
Don't see it if you are a Sam Shepard fan and are looking for cohesive style. For me the disparate acting choices were all over the map.
See it if a powerful performance by G. Geary as the son. His transformation from Act 1 to 2 is very powerful and affecting. He's the best thing in it.
Don't see it if don't have patience for same metaphors being slammed into your face for a drawn out 2 1/2 hours. M. Siff & A. Rothenburg seem like amateurs.
See it if You like Sam Shepard, the set design and the acting is incredible from mostly non-NY actors
Don't see it if You tire easily. The first act is long but action-packed. The play itself kind of goes off the rails in the final act.