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'True West' Is Intense, Hilarious, Unpredictable

The Resident Theater Company of the Tobin Center has mounted a new production. I spoke to its Director.

“I’m David Connelly, Director of Attic Rep’s current production of Sam Shepherd’s True West.”

I asked him to tell us about True West.

True West is a four-character play written by Sam Shepherd in the early 80s. It’s one of his most popular and accessible plays. It’s about brothers. And the play is really about these two opposing forces colliding, and in the course of the play, shifting personas, as they kind of fight each other in the ultimate sibling warfare.”

“So someone’s thinking of coming—what kind of experience can they expect?”

“If they can imagine the Odd Couple being combined with National Lampoon’s Animal House, and then swirled together with Quentin Tarantino, that’s what they’re going to get.”

I noted “That sounds pretty intense!”

“It is. It’s intense and it’s hilarious and it’s scary. And you’re never quite sure which of those it’s going to be from moment to moment. It’s something that you can only experience in the theater. “It’s a very exciting show but it’s very intense. It’s not My Fair Lady.”

So when can people see it?

“It performs Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM, and Sunday at 2:30PM.”

It runs through February 8th at Tobin’s Alvarez Theater. More here.