Sam Shepard

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THEATER REVIEW: “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard is a challenging play

I often feel like I need a bath after a Sam Shepard play, and “Buried Child” is no exception.

The specter of a dead child, a question of identity and extreme family dysfunction haunt this 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner, in shifting patterns of memory, reality and delusion.

Lisa Berger directs the bleak and creepy black comedy “Buried Child” through April 22 at New Village Arts Theatre.

In a dilapidated farmhouse somewhere in Illinois, an old man named Dodge (Jack Missett), thin and frail, sits drinking himself to death on a couch in front of a seldom-watched but flickering TV.

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THEATER REVIEW: Triad does justice to Sam Shepard’s “Curse Of The Starving Class”

Food and its lack figure prominently in Sam Shepard’s acrid “Curse Of The Starving Class,” which Triad Productions presents through May 28 at the 10th Avenue Theatre.

In a godforsaken corner of California (perhaps like Duarte, where Shepard spent his school years), the family of paterfamilias Weston (Charles Peters) has tried to scratch out a living on a small family farm. Weston spends most of his time drinking, leaving wife Ella (Rhiannon Jones) and kids Emma (Rachel Baum) and Wesley (Ryan Shores) to fend for themselves.

THEATER REVIEW: “Simpatico” is another gem from Sam Shepard

In the early years, America had pioneers, crossing mountains and fording streams on the way to gold and glory.

The pioneer spirit has given way to penny-ante (and more serious) hustling scams in Sam Shepard's savage and darkly funny “Simpatico,” in a fine production through March 27 at New Village Arts Theatre.