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 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 want to see a truly awesome set, or are a fan of Shepard's work or a classic dysfunctional family story
Don't see it if If you want something dramatically new or different with surprises.
See it if Like Sam Shepherd. A masterful production on one of his greatest plays. Absurd and astute at the same time. Beautifully executed and acted.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of absurd and sometimes violent actions. Can be disturbing.
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 If you like the theater experience to provoke you Into thinking and feeling other people’s struggles,.
Don't see it if If you are looking to relax and have lighthearted fun or if you do not like nudity on stage
See it if Terrific acting and set. Typical Sam S. - dysfunctional family.
Don't see it if Can be painful at times. Male urinates on stage and runs nake. Live lamb does his business on stage.
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 want to see a thought provoking show & don’t mind it’s full of (bogged down with?) metaphors and takes its time getting to the point.
Don't see it if If you want a clear storyline or message or something fun and fluffy.
Also Moments of genius wrapped inside a LOT of hot air.
See it if If you like sam Shepards writing. Good acting and direction in this play about a dysfunctional family and there relationships with one anoth
Don't see it if 2/12 hours long and some long diatribes are not your thing.
See it if Fan of Sam Shepard or Maggie Schiff, enjoy family dramas with a hint of the absurd, cruelty or violent, enjoy noisy family confrontations
Don't see it if Don’t like slightly twisted family relationships or plays where the message is not specifically clear or absurd situations, lamb on stage
See it if You want a classic play that, while of its time, has something to say about today. You like absurdism. You want great staging & performances
Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You dislike absurdism. You don't like extended monologues. You don't have the patience for a 2 & 1/2 hr play.
See it if You want to see this Sam Shepard play if you never have, which is why I went to see it. I was very disappointed. Interesting set.
Don't see it if If you want a pleasant time. There is so much screaming, the characters are so strange that you really cannot care about them.
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 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 you love everything Shepard (as I usually do); exceptional set; interest in an impoverished family trying to survive.
Don't see it if Don't appreciate dark, grim humor; not interested in how poverty affects the spirit, stomach & pocket; 1st act is long & slow; uneven acting
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.