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Curse of the Starving Class

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A major work by one of our theatre's most respected and celebrated writers, this award-winning examination of the dislocations of contemporary American society was produced with great success in both London and New York.

The setting is a farmhouse in the American West, inhabited by a family who has enough to eat but not enough to satisfy the other hungers that bedevil them.
Paperback, Revised edition, 68 pages
Published 1998 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (first published 1976)
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Bir dönem Ankara DT tarafından da sahnelenen Aç Sınıfın Laneti, benim için, vermek istediği mesajını tam olarak veremeyen bir oyun oldu. Bazı yerlerde kopukluklar, havada kalmışlıklar hissettim ve bu sebeple de ne yazık ki beklediğim tadı alamadım.
May 20, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing
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OK. I didn't actually read this, I saw it at ACT but it was fantastic. So funny and completely surprising. I'm going again tonight. Some of the monologues are a little unwieldily, particularly the opening one but I got used to it as the play moved on. Also, I think some different staging and a different actor could have made the delivery more natural. Part of me wants to start reading the Shepard cannon, but part of me wants to wait because it was so much fun to go into the show blind and be sur ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it
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It was good to check back into Shepard's strange version of America. This was written during his peak period (his more recent stuff, most of which I have not read, is not as highly regarded), and like many of his other good ones, it concerns a squabbling family in the Southwest. The title and some of the dialogue indicates that Shepard viewed the travails of this clan as symptomatic of being part of the great white working class - and travails there are: alcoholism, violence, living with poverty ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Sheri rated it really liked it
I need to read more Same Shepard. I knew he was sort of cutting edge and Martin McDonagh-esque (ever since I saw Lonesome West in London in 1997 I consider all raw low class stuff to be McDonagh-esque), but had no read or seen any of his stuff. My eldest was assigned to read this play and so we read it out loud together. It is sad and funny and absurdist and makes a ton of great points about the "growth" of American and over-development and consumerism and limitations of self. But it was a bit p ...more
Matt Martinson
Feb 12, 2015 Matt Martinson rated it really liked it
Although I've never seen it performed, I did enjoy reading this play, which is the first Shepard work I've read. It is brutal, bleak, and makes some powerful statements about the trap of poverty in America without being overly didactic.
Jun 14, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it
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Very interesting and powerful, with vivid images on a simple background. I'd really like to see the play.
Nov 24, 2007 Andy rated it it was amazing
If, say, an Arthur Miller play takes place on a plane once removed from what we call the real world, then a Sam Shepard play is perhaps two planes removed. At least that had been my perspective of Shepard's work. The Curse of the Starving Class isn't naturalistic in the traditional sense, but twenty-nine years after its first production, Shepard's dramatization of the Tate family's unraveling seems awfully prescient.
Meriç Bahçeci
Dec 11, 2014 Meriç Bahçeci rated it it was ok
kitabın isminden hareketle ,daha çok sınıfsal tabanla temellendirerek "aile" nin ekonomik çıkmazlarını ele alacak beklentisiyle başlamıştım .yine de güzeldi...
Radwa Mahmoud
I can say that this is my first most favouried work among all the works I studied.
Sep 28, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it
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liked it better than buried child, that's for sure
James Daher
Dec 20, 2013 James Daher rated it really liked it
Awesome and memorable characters
Jan 28, 2014 Mimi rated it it was ok
pretty fucked up play !!
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Sam Shepard is an American artist who worked as an award-winning playwright, writer and actor. His many written works are known for being frank and often absurd, as well as for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American west. He is an actor of the stage and motion pictures; a director of stage and film; author of several books of short stories, essays, and ...more
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“Weston: Look at my outlook. You don't envy it, right?
Wesley: No.
Weston: That's because it's full of poison. Infected. And you recognize poison, right? You recognize it when you see it?
Wesley: Yes.
Weston: Yes, you do. I can see that you do. My poison scares you.
Wesley: Doesn't scare me.
Weston: No?
Wesley: No.
Weston: Good. You're growing up. I never saw my old man's poison until I was much older than you. Much older. And then you know how I recognized it?
Wesley: How?
Weston: Because I saw myself infected with it. That's how. I saw me carrying it around. His poison in my body.”
“You can't believe people when they look you in the eyes. You gotta' look behind them. See what they're standing in front of. What they're hiding. Everyone's hiding, Wes. Everybody. Nobody look like what they are.” 3 likes
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