Curse of the Starving Class

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  • 19 March 2009
Curse of the Starving Class

The second in legendary US playwright Sam Shepard’s series of darkly comic works dealing with the fragmentation of traditional American family values and aspirations focuses on the dysfunctional Tate family as the alcoholic father and philandering mother struggle for the control of a dilapidated California farm. This sharp, energetically paced portrait of a family in decline features typically coruscating dialogue, and everything’s shot through with a scathing humour.

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, Fri 20 Mar–Sat 11 Apr.

Curse of the Starving Class

  • 4 stars

Sam Shepard's comic dissection of the corruption of American values. On a run-down Californian farmstead, at the edge of the desert and within migrating distance of the Mexican border, an alcoholic husband and a philandering wife are each scheming to sell off their family home without the other's knowledge, whilst their…

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