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 If you know and like Shepard this is a do-not-miss production. If you don't know Shepard, this is as good an introduction as you can find.
Don't see it if you can't abide a dark tale of family disintegration.
See it if You are a Shephard fan and love his symbolic, expressionistic early work; this is dark and sad (at times funny) with great staging & acting
Don't see it if Its a bit long and themes of family dysfunction, unfairness of capitalism, secrets and lies are difficult ; well done production neverless
See it if you enjoy works by Shepard, a story involving an extremely dysfunctional over-the-edge family, a good set.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in a story about a very dysfunctional family, with lots of yelling, cursing & perverse actions; don't enjoy very long
See it if a family "cursed" with poverty, rage & alcoholism in a downward spiral both literally& figuratively is of interest. Or a Sam Shepherd drama
Don't see it if you're not ready to see an dysfunctional family screaming at each other as they rage at their lives although each dreams about a better one
See it if you want to see one of the greatest plays of the past half-century on a big stage, crafted by very talented people.
Don't see it if you're greatly disappointed by a vital play of great desires stretched thin by a dry abstract take spread out on a wide stage.
See it if you like highly symbolic tales of the pathologies of struggling families. LIke a strong cast performing a well regarded play in a good venue
Don't see it if you want all messages to be clear, want a variety of settings. Mind nudity or dark stories in general.
See it if you'd like to see a seminal work by an important American playwright;you're a Sam Shepherd fan; you like "talky," character-driven plays
Don't see it if you dislike plays about dysfunctional families, gore, "talky," character-driven plays.
See it if you are a fan of Shepard's work and enjoyed True West - very much in the similar style.
Don't see it if you don't care for verbose stories of dysfunctional families. Full male nudity, lots of screaming, "gross-out" factor in Act II.
See it if you like the plays of Sam Shepard. Great acting with characters not always likable but well developed.
Don't see it if you like a play that is very clear cut. The plot gets a little complicated and one scene is a little gross.
See it if Outstanding opening set "destruction". Act II far better & shorter (35 min). Act II has full male nudity, huge food mess, car blown up.
Don't see it if Act I drags at 90+ minutes and has many lethargic talky scenes that could be sped up. Cast, however, is outstanding & professional.
See it if Epic downtrodden family saga--lots of misery, great acting and incredible sets.
Don't see it if Imbalance of misery and humor, loads of pathos, and a very long first act will turn you off.
See it if interesting play with great plot twists. Great set gimmick. Solid acting.
Don't see it if some of the storytelling elements really distract from the story and only arcanely relate to the plot. Unsatisfactory conclusion.
See it if you need to complete the canon of Sam Shepard's work and want a great opening moment.
Don't see it if you are frustrated by unrealistic characters behaving in even more unrealistic manners. Also quite graphic and stomach turning.
See it if Shepard is the man, a playwright whose confrontation w/ American identity was a lifelong quest. Also, "Mad Men" fans: Maggie Siff slays.
Don't see it if you're upset by farm animals who clearly don't want to be onstage being onstage; you find expensive sets built around a single gag enraging.
Also Memorable Quote: "My poison scares you."
See it if The agony of ignorance and squalor is something you can bear. Brilliant set.
Don't see it if You find the damage done by an eternally adolescent, unsympathetic pater familias unwothy of your attention.
See it if you appreciate Shepard dramas of despair with self-indulgent long-ass monologues and a hard-working cast without a pay-off.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shepard plays and his take on life as an existence of despair.
See it if You enjoy edgy dysfunctional family dramas that focus on the downtrodden as opposed to well-off.
Don't see it if You’re done with Shepard plays and can’t stand his slow, gnarly, character-driven/mostly plotless, heavy dramas.
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.
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