Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, someone is cutting someone else s throat Sam Shepard is a genius and an American treasure Not my favorite of his but I m not complaining. December of Drama 2015, day sixteen You sit and smile simply,Saying your garden, your flatAnd your life are complete.I want it simple like that.I want it simple like that.I want your life, I want your garden,I want your flat Filler Is Wasted, by SnowdenWow, not a lot of reviews or ratings for this one And here I thought it was one of thepopular Shepard plays, what with the movie adapted from it and all Well, it s a little too murky The plot, oddly enough, made it seem like Shepard wa December of Drama 2015, day sixteen You sit and smile simply,Saying your garden, your flatAnd your life are complete.I want it simple like that.I want it simple like that.I want your life, I want your garden,I want your flat Filler Is Wasted, by SnowdenWow, not a lot of reviews or ratings for this one And here I thought it was one of thepopular Shepard plays, what with the movie adapted from it and all Well, it s a little too murky The plot, oddly enough, made it seem like Shepard was trying to emulate David Mamet or something I m still upset that I missed the revival here in Chicago starring Michael Shannon, however All the lies and betrayals are revealed in a breezy, unemphatic way, and there are a lot of strangely comic lines that only serve to undercut the menace I can see why so many people felt ambivalent about this play because it s ambivalent, too The main characters, Vinnie and Carter, nearly pulled off some scam once upon a time where they swapped racehorses, and by the end of the play Carter wants to swap lives with Vinnie Carter stole his Buick, stole his girl he drinks his bourbon, usurps his bed I think this was allclever than meaningful.On a side note, Sam Shepard has written over 45 plays Judas Priest I could ve devoted my entire December to reading his stuff and would still have 14 to go Reading what so ever written by Shepard means going through a shortened social history of America after ww II, and up till the end of 20.century Plots are so simple and dialogues are not very much sophisticated Maybe some of works by Shepard are not as interesting as the others, but for those whom are interested in sociology, and drama as writ Reading what so ever written by Shepard means going through a shortened social history of America after ww II, and up till the end of 20.century Plots are so simple and dialogues are not very much sophisticated Maybe some of works by Shepard are not as interesting as the others, but for those whom are interested in sociology, and drama as writing art, will enjoy reading or watching works by Shepard Reading simple and plain plays by Shepard gives you dare to sit and write about whatsoever plot you have in your mind Many of his plays are so easy, but honest, fluent and great as well After watching Paris, Texas by Wenders, I believe Wenders shots matches with Shepard s atmosphere and dialogues Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional American theatres They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, finding both a popular and a scholarly audience I am not at all sure what Shepard was trying to do here write a hit Write a comedy drama Show a kinder, gentler,entertaining side Say something about America Whatever it was, it does not really work Granted I have found him to be a playwright whom it is better to experience on the stage than on the page I thought Buried Child was crap when I read it, and terrific when I watched it It could be the same with this, but I doubt it.The play starts off like another True West Two me I am not at all sure what Shepard was trying to do here write a hit Write a comedy drama Show a kinder, gentler,entertaining side Say something about America Whatever it was, it does not really work Granted I have found him to be a playwright whom it is better to experience on the stage than on the page I thought Buried Child was crap when I read it, and terrific when I watched it It could be the same with this, but I doubt it.The play starts off like another True West Two men one twisted, one together, one a loser, the other a success But it turns out to be a different situation Mr Success is dependent upon Mr Loser and sends him money to keep his mouth shut about something Apparently several years ago they blackmailed a racing official with some sexual photography Mr Loser still nurses a grudge against Mr Success, because Success took his wife and ran away with her after the dirty work was done Not a bad setup, but the tone begins to vary a lot It feels as though Shepard never figured out where he really wanted to go with this.Other characters are thrown into the picture, such as a young woman who is a strange conglomeration of naivety and knowingness This girl has somehow gotten involved with Loser and then begins to pal around with Winner Loser than goes to visit his ex wife, who is Winner s current wife, and try to win her back or something By the end it is hard to understand, or to care much, about what is going on with these characters.This piece lacks the fire and tension that make the best Shepard plays into something truly special plays like The Tooth of Crime , Fool for Love , and True West and it doesn t have the inventiveness that make some of his other pieces into such wacky fun But I still want to see it, in case I have to take this all back someday