The opening night of Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class is tomorrow in the Abbey Theatre. We went to see a preview of it last night. A very tough uncompromising play, it depicts a dysfunctional American family struggling to make ends meet on their farm and land. Some of the themes will be very familar to Ireland today, free credit, wealth, greed and a promise of enormous wealth from property speculators.
It is described as a black comedy, it certainly is black. Joe Hanly puts in a star turn as Weston, the alcoholic father and special mention must go to Rose O’Loughlin who marks her debut with a fine performance as the bolshie daughter Emma.
Note, there is some nudity (which elicited more than a few gasps from the audience) and a live animal on stage.
A strong arresting play which will make you think but not necessarily smile.