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  Buried Child at A Noise Within

Buried Child

A Noise Within
3352 E Foothill Blvd Pasadena

Set in America’s heartland, Sam Shepard’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play details, with shocking hilarity, the disintegration of the American Dream. When 22-year-old Vince unexpectedly shows up at the family farm with his girlfriend Shelley, no one recognizes him. So begins the unraveling of dark secrets. A surprisingly funny look at disillusionment and morality, Shepard’s masterpiece is the family reunion no one anticipated.

Thru - Nov 23, 2019

Price: $39-$76

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 626-356-3100

A Noise Within Seating Chart

  Buried Child Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...With its uncompromising mix of dark comedy, menace and mystery, Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner shows remarkable staying power. The play’s recession-era setting — a rundown house on a once-fertile family farm in Illinois — has particular resonance in light of the economic challenges again facing today’s agricultural sector."
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Philip Brandes

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, the darkest, weirdest, and most twisted black comedy ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, returns to L.A., strikingly staged and stunningly performed at A Noise Within."
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Steven Stanley

Gia on the Move - Somewhat Recommended

"...The action in the story takes place in the past and the audience watches real-time as the characters slowly and painfully fail to keep it a secret. I get it. And I enjoy it when this happens in mysteries as a way to keep up the suspense. But in a drama with vague inferred tones, it lacked for me. I’m less interested in seeing the moments in the therapist’s office and more interested in seeing the traumas that it led to therapy."
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Matt Ritchey

Showmag - Highly Recommended

"...Auxiliary elements create the perfect real/fanciful combination to tell the story. The actors' created eccentricities seem so organic, we almost feel we've stumbled into a time warp. Both Elliott and Strang have worked together for so long, their behavior seems as comfortable as a old pair of shoes. The vegetables (assembled by Erin Walley) are definitely real, but Sibyl Wickersheimer's backdrop featuring harvested corn stalks are definitely not. As always, Angela Balogh Calin's vaguely 70s duds hit the mark, and Ken Booth's lighting helps as well. Jeff Gardner's music and sound design is subtle and the rain! Masterful."
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Leigh Kennicott

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Watching A Noise Within’s new production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, I was struck by how closely the first act resembles Pinter’s The Homecoming. A man who’s been away from his family for some time returns, accompanied by a woman whom he brings into a group of strange, violent men. But whereas in The Homecoming this meeting changes the future of the family, in Buried Child its impact has to do with digging up the past. Bolstered by several strong performances, this revival does do justice to Shepard’s play, but a couple of missteps keep the production from reaching its full potential."
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Terry Morgan

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