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Curse of the Starving Class

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  456 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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.
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Paperback, Revised edition, 68 pages
Published 2009 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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Maria
May 20, 2008 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
Tim
Feb 13, 2015 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
Matt Martinson
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.
Victoria
liked it better than buried child, that's for sure
Andy
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
kitabın isminden hareketle ,daha çok sınıfsal tabanla temellendirerek "aile" nin ekonomik çıkmazlarını ele alacak beklentisiyle başlamıştım .yine de güzeldi...
James Daher
Awesome and memorable characters
Mimi
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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