During the Kentucky Derby, many of us observed the unpleasant spectacle of a dead horse, though happily no one put a boot to dear, departed Eight Belles. The poor mount lying prone in Sam Shepard’s new play, Kicking a Dead Horse, at the Public Theater . . . well, he isn’t so lucky. That steed’s sudden death has left Hobart stranded in the middle of the Badlands, and Hobart isn’t taking it well: “This is not what I foresaw,” says Hobart. “Some dumb show struggling with a dead horse, mumbling to yourself in front of a gaping hole you’ve spent a solid day digging.” Stephen Rea plays the art dealer turned unsuccessful cowboy, who suffers a crisis of self. With such a serious—and seriously good—writer and actor at work on this piece, don’t expect much in the way of horseplay.
Wed., June 25, 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 17, 2008