According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Buried Child
Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan

So how do you do Sam Shepard’s dark play about a hidden family secret well? The White Horse Theater Company seems to know. The play, directed nicely by Cyndy A. Marion, dives into the scary terrain of a family masking a terrible incident. Marion avoids the pitfall of the piece’s abstract nature by giving her cast clear direction that allows them to navigate this ominous journey without ever alienating the audience. This is no easy accomplishment, and the cast led by the talented Bill Rowley as Dodge, shines. Rowley gives a great performance, both humorous and poignant as he honestly delves into the character. Also noteworthy is Rob Sweitzer as Tilden, who portrays the mentally disturbed son with great conviction.

The production is not without its flaws though, Karen Gibson as Halie fails to deliver. Her character seems forced and detracts from the energy of the scenes. However, the ensemble seems to cover this problem well and turns the play into in an interesting and provocative piece of theater. This play is definitely worth seeing as it attempts to uncover the mystery of human nature.

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