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 are drawn to stories of intense family dysfunction presented at the brink of total dissolution.
Don't see it if Sam's Shepard's style of slow-burn, edgy, extreme writing isn't your thing.
See it if You don’t mind Shepard’s dark vision which seems to still be bearing fruit in Trump’s America.Surprising insights into developers.
Don't see it if If you looking for light entertainment.
See it if you want to see a seldom done Sam Shepherd play exquisitely acted and directed and an amazing set
Don't see it if understanding everything is important
See it if you want to be blown away by a set designers perfectly imaginative place for this family breakdown; you want to see destruction in all forms
Don't see it if you can't see real animals in plays if they face hard endings
See it if You want to see a visceral staging of a play by one of America's quintessential playwrights. The actors go all in! Direction is great.
Don't see it if You don't like intense dramas and people eating food sloppily on stage. ;-)
See it if Some wonderful social insights expressed brilliantly. Shephard is keen observer of the disenfranchised, play still speaks for them
Don't see it if Without realism or concise storytelling. Play is strangely relevant though storytelling is dated. Repetitive and verbose but fascinating
See it if You like great acting and famous people on stage. Donald Sutherland was in the audience! Great direction. Plot confusing so I bought script.
Don't see it if Don’t sit at the back you need to be close to follow it. Sam Shepherd v wordy deep, full of allegories. If you want a light comedy don’t go.
See it if you want to see the work that launched playwright Sam Shepard into the stratosphere in 1976. It contains the DNA of all his work.
Don't see it if you're sensitive to scatological staging. This is raw. It's dark, very Shepardian, offering no redemption. It delivers an American theme.
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 love Sam Shepherd--this is a faithful production. Good performances and interesting set
Don't see it if you don't like Sam Shepherd--this is full of dysfunction and screaming that'c characteristic of his work.
See it if A strong prod of a complicated (that is Shepard) play.Realistic-symbolic.Still relevant.Warshofsky stunning as drunk father.
Don't see it if you prefer a straightforward story, don't care for symbolism or "message" in your theater, don't like Shepard.
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
See it if You want to see a creative production with a wonderful play. It was one of the best of ‘19 summer.
Don't see it if You have no interest of regular folks getting by.
See it if You like Sam Shepard and his wonderful American plays
Don't see it if You don't like plays that take a poetic turn and become shakespearean in their necessity to listen and interpret their verse
See it if It's worth it for the first five minutes alone, which I won't spoil by revealing what happens (although The Times did). The acting is superb
Don't see it if The play (like the rest of Shepard's oeuvre) is not exactly fluffy. The play does have some very funny moments, but, it's really depressing
See it if you like live animals, great set and strong acting! A captivating story about inner demons and desires,& at the moment of change, no escape
Don't see it if the alluding to domestic abuse would be painful. You want a play that travels in a straight line.
See it if you are a fan of Shepard's work. The production is very faithful to the play and consistent with Shepard's tone and regional flavor.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shepard's work, and tire of eccentric character behavior..
See it if You like Sam Shepherd plays, you want to watch a well acted play, with great staging
Don't see it if You don’t like monologue heavy plays or plays that focus on poverty
See it if You are a Shepard fan and like dark shows centered around family issues
Don't see it if You like comedy and musicals cannot tolerate voilence and blood and do night like seeing livestock used in shows