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 enjoy a real glimpse into others’ struggles. You like a bit of shock factor.
Don't see it if You are not ok with male nudity or live animals pooping on stage. You’re looking for a light date night show.
See it if Anything showing at Signature is well worth it. This was great play at excellent venue. All characters/actors were exceptional. I loved it.
Don't see it if Many twists. Some humour. Staging may make it hard to focus. Some nudity.
See it if You want to experience an intense drama written masterfully and acted superbly. Fantastic set design literally from start to finish.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with dramas dealing with family and societal dysfunction. Not for everyone. In your face violence and intimidation.
See it if An incredible production ! I was riveted from the very first surprise image of the crumbling house. It crumbled as we watched ! Black comedy
Don't see it if You are in a Mary Sunshine mood, this play will play havoc with any feelings of sunniness ! You don’t wish to see male nudity.
See it if You admire Sam Shepard & his writing & are open to his often distressing though sometimes funny story lines. This is a classic of his.
Don't see it if You prefer plays that don't haunt you after you leave and have happy endings.
See it if You admire Sam Shepard, serious modern tales laced with humor, and great acting and staging. It’s a first-rate production!
Don't see it if Tales of uniquely American sorrow and woe have no appeal,
See it if you are able to connect with flawed characters and can tolerate sometimes over-the-top behavior; or you appreciate commitment to an idea.
Don't see it if you are easily offended and like things tied up in a neat package.
See it if for a rarely produced early work by an exceptional writer; superb acting, amazing set; frighteningly relevant themes; disturbing, eloquent.
Don't see it if you want neatly tied up story lines, happy endings and Ozzie and Harriet families
See it if Enjoy Sam Shepard plays. There is amazing set pieces and lots of action and disfunction, but with a lot of humor too.
Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with unpleasant topics like poverty, addiction, dysfunctional families, etc.
See it if you enjoy dark humor and classic "American" themes.
Don't see it if You're easily offended by someone peeing onstage and wont appreciate its symbolism.
See it if Terry Kinney brings the Steppenwolf approach back to True West's big brother. Intelligent, vital production of a seminal 20th century play.
Don't see it if you lack patience and foresight. this is the American Cherry Orchard, after all.
See it if You like wonderful writing and great acting with interesting staging. This zany play gives new meaning to the phrase dysfunctional family.
Don't see it if You don't like absurdist plays with screaming crazy characters.
See it if Sam Shepard’s cynical yet earnest portrait of a wasting-away America down on its luck (and in the mud and muck) appeals; you want to think.
Don't see it if too depressed by Shepard’s tendency to show (albeit beautifully-dark) the unraveling of a “starving” world through deconstructed families.
See it if You are a Sam Shepard fan and love his dramas about America. This is the ultimate dysfunctional family with no bright future. Maggie Siff
Don't see it if You dislike Sam Shepard’s take in life. It is a dark tramedy. Very long 2 1-2 hours.
Also Great set design. Live lamb on stage at times.
See it if Empty refrigerator symbolizes crash of American dream on irresponsible Tate family driving them into failure, financial ruin & desperation.
Don't see it if You don’t like Sam Shepard’s surrealism writing about professionals, businessmen, and lenders taking unfair advantage of the less fortunate.
See it if you admire the tragicomedy of the f**ked families usually encountered in the plays of the late great Sam Shepard and great acting.
Don't see it if you go to the theatre to see ordinary people. These characters are weird and wild, but their conflicts are universal and timely.
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