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Curse of the Starving Class

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (182)


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

Long, Repetitive, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You want to catch Maggie Siff . You haven't seen a pithier version.

Don't see it if You have seen a dense, well acted, meaningful production of this play.

Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if and ONLY if you are a fan of playwright Sam Shepard's writing.

Don't see it if you are able to get tickets for The Cradle Will Rock, High Button Shoes, or Dying City. Ironically you won't like any of those shows either.

Also I was so miserable, I left at intermission and missed the NAKED male a... Read more Read less


See it if you want to see a sam shepherd classic poorly directed, poorly cast and poorly staged

Don't see it if you don't want to be disappointed

Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you can stomach rural, ignorant folks spouting cliches and spleen venting. God, I wanted to bolt from the theater. Outdated and trite

Don't see it if I reiterate what a previous reviewer said Don't see it if this is your first introduction to Sam Shepard. Words never more resoundingly true

Also I never expound in a showscore review but I am going to make an except... Read more Read less

Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a pretty good community theater production, an expensive set, a real sheep onstage

Don't see it if It felt un-directed: the ensemble struggles, indicates, and over/underplays their way through scenes of disconnected shouting


See it if You like Maggie Siff and anything by Sam Shepard. Some of the acting is good.

Don't see it if A lot of it didn't really work.

During previews
“i saw myself infected with it. that’s how. i saw me carrying it around. his poison in my body.”

See it if Great staging of Shepard’s Pulitzer winning play. can you escape the starving class by starting over in Europe or Mexico?

Don't see it if dark lives of a dysfunctional American family... including many conversations around an empty fridge ;)

Also “Signature Theatre celebrates playwrights and gives them an artistic h... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are collecting Sam Shepard plays, otherwise there’s no reason to sit through 2.5 hours of this.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do with your time. The plot is pointless, the characters are unlikeable, and their dialogue is unrealistic.

Also I had high hopes for this because of the playwright and the interestin... Read more Read less

May 13th, 2019
"Watching the very entertaining first half of Mr. Kinney’s interpretation of 'Curse,' I wondered why it doesn’t come around more often. I had stopped wondering by the end. 'Curse' features some beautiful, signature Shepard writing, in which primal desperation becomes fervid poetry...The plot, tho...
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May 15th, 2019
“Kinney and his cast find memorable moments in Shepard’s darkly satirical play...Time has diminished some...shock value and the Signature’s production doesn’t dig deeply enough into the feeling the play seems to be after: It doesn’t pulse with the agony of stunted existence. But Shepard’s potent ...
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May 13th, 2019
"It should heave and churn with bitter discontent and sloppy ambition, delusion and shame. But it’s a tough, flawed nut, and it’s not profiting from Signature Theatre’s current revival, which mostly plays the unwieldy material straight down the middle. As a result, the play feels diffuse and almo...
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May 13th, 2019
"Shepard's plays are tricky balancing acts. They need to be staged by directors and actors in touch with the late playwright's distinctive, off-kilter vision. That's certainly the case with this production...Kinney could have picked up the pace faster, and the decision to condense the first two a...
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