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Sam Shepard's 'Buried Child' rises in West Palm Beach

Sam Shepard's 'Buried Child' rises in West Palm Beach

A decrepit and decayed mist hangs over "Buried Child" at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach.

You can sense it even before the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard play starts in earnest. Even before the house lights dim in the theater, Dodge (Rob Donohoe) wanders onto the set, a bare-bones living room in a rundown farmhouse, and watches a TV that has been plopped down on the floor.

From that alone, we see a man who is resigned and hopeless. He periodically swigs from a whiskey bottle he stuffs into the cushions of...

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