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 you want to see an unrelenting, 1st-rate revival of a work from Shepard's most fertile period that's as gritty, moving & timely as ever.
Don't see it if u seek pure escapism; u don't have the stomach for the relentless dysfunction of this family & the situation they represent in our society.
See it if Early Shepard (still finding his voice) is problematic yet not w/o its surrealistic beauty esp in fracturing family unit via outside forces
Don't see it if High octane 1st act both in writing & staging turns into stalled 2nd act As imploding famlly looses its chances for escape so does narrative
See it if you’d like to see a fine accounting of the play that sent Sam Shepard off in the new direction for which he is best known.
Don't see it if you do not like Sam Shepard’s writing, even at its most “naturalistic”.
See it if primal & explosive; searing portrait of dysfunctional family in the west ground down by rapacious capitalism/exploitation; hilarious at time
Don't see it if loud, unsubtle production; meanders at times; doesn't always achieve balance btwn realism/surrealism that characterizes Shepard at his best
See it if Dysfunctional family w/ property value& poverty nipping at their heels attempt to lift their lot to the next level.Massive prologue collapse
Don't see it if Bleak take on breaking through any ceilings. The curse=her first period. Bacon frying lingering. That poor lamb. Vulgarian behaviours.
Also "I'm not dreaming now. I was dreaming then."
See it if bold, complicated characters excite you, or you’re tired of conventional shows. The brashness of this play will shake things up for you.
Don't see it if you like shows that play it safe. This production pulls no punches.
See it if you want to see a show-stealing performance by David Warshofsky. Also, if you have never seen a production of this Sam Shepard classic.
Don't see it if your taste runs from light comedies to musicals. This play is intense and edgy.
See it if You enjoy Sam Shepard. I really do think it’s that simple if you like sam you will like this show
Don't see it if You are looking for a fun and fluffy piece of theater. This is dirty. It’s all about a messed up and dysfunctional family
See it if you like plays about American anxieties, told in bizarre and entertaining ways. Great acting and staging.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shepard's overly dramatic style, or don't like funny plays with serious undertones.
See it if Nicely staged. Gilles Geary and David Warshofsky are terrific. Dad’s drunk scene is peerless. Sad and disturbing. And that lamb!
Don't see it if Raw Shepard disturbs you. Not as memorable as the recent “True West,” but incisive and entertaining. And that lamb!
See it if you like Sam Shepard's work; surrealistic stories about extremely dysfunctional families, pathos with dark humor, great monologues*
Don't see it if don't want the above or stories of delusional people who are exploited by greedy businessmen
See it if You are a fan of Sam Shepard’s Americana. Although the acting was well done, this play is quite dark.
Don't see it if You want to see something uplifting. This play is difficult to watch and the conclusion is unsettling.
See it if Do you miss early Shepard plays? Food in the dialogue. Food on tables, counters, in the fridge. Food being eaten, thrown, on the floor.
Don't see it if You do not like messy drama, in words, and visuals. Nothing what it seems or as it should be. Or should it?
See it if You appreciate the plays of Shepard. This one has great scenic design, a sheep in a cage, and urination on the stage.Quirky,with great cast
Don't see it if Unusual play that may not be for everyone. Shepard's plays are never dull or boring.
See it if You're a fan of Shepard or portrayals dysfunctional families or the rot of American idealism. Great staging and committed acting.
Don't see it if You can't stand symbolism or jagged plots. Some of the acting/monologues are uneven, and I'm not ultimately sure what the play wanted to say
See it if you want to see incredible acting or are a Sam Sheppard fan. The play is extremely intense. As a bonus there is a very cute live lamb in it.
Don't see it if dark family dramas upset you. As you can tell by the title it is not an uplifting play. There is also nudity if that bothers you.
See it if are a fan of Sam Sheppard, want to see new interpretation of show, can appreciate symbolism in a show.
Don't see it if You want a "feel good" show, need a show wrapped up neatly, are not a fan of Sam Sheppard, want a fast paced show (this was NOT that show).
See it if You enjoy great drama, laced with humor performed by an excellent cast. This is about a dysfunctional family trying to get ahead
Don't see it if You can't stand some really gross scenes
See it if You Love Sam Shepard it’s funny and eloquently poetic at times
Don't see it if Uneven acting, Slow, it gets bogged down and loses the impact of the prose and tragedy
See it if you want to see an edgy, surrealistic drama that challenges convention, in an intimate setting and affordable price
Don't see it if you don't like to see plays that are pretty darn negative, or you want a feel-good night at the theater. This is challenging!
See it if 20 yrs after its debut, CotSC is still relevant as the scammers go after the unwary (again). Worth seeing for David Warshofsky's perf as dad
Don't see it if If you don't like Sam Shepard plays but are curious, then U could do much worse. If U abhor stage nudity then skip. Gross ref's to animals 2
See it if you want to see Sam Shepard's most autobiographical play in the wonderful Signature Theatre. The lamb is adorable. Everything else is ick.
Don't see it if you want to care about the characters -- some I hated and others didn't understand. It's full of sadness and anger from start to finish.