APR 11 - MAY 5
directed by Tony Estrella
In suburban California, estranged brothers Austin and Lee reunite unexpectedly in their mother’s home. Austin, a family man and budding screenwriter, is at work on a new script. Lee, a drifter with a plan to rob the neighborhood of household appliances, drops in and stays. Soon he is pitching his own idea for a trashy Western to Austin’s Hollywood agent . . . and the battle is on. Challenges are issued, drinks are downed, and the seemingly opposite brothers find they are more alike than they want to admit. Brutal and hilarious, this modern-day Cain and Abel story tackles the absurdity of archetypal America head on.
"A great American play, arguably Mr. Shepard's finest." New York Times
"It's clear, funny, naturalistic. It's also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you're on to one aspect of Shepard's winning genius." San Francisco Chronicle
THIS PRODUCTION IS SPONSORED IN PART BY A GENEROUS DONATION FROM HEATHER AND RONALD FLORENCE.
Set Design Michael McGarty
Production Management Jessica Hill
Costume Design Jessie Darrell Jarbadan
Lighting Design Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design Charles Cofone
Fight Choreography Normand Beauregard
Stage Management Julia Perez* & Sara Sheets*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
True West Comes Alive at The Gamm
Gamm resident actor Steve Kidd, who plays Austin, and Anthony Goes, who plays Lee, call “True West” the opportunity of a lifetime.“There’s no other play I’d rather be in,” Kidd says. “I feel like I’m in the Super Bowl right now! In nine scenes, you see so much in terms of brotherhood, what it means to be a man and be successful, how to aspire to be better than your father, and returning home.” “This is definitely a bucket list show for me,” Goes agrees. read the preview >
Gamm’s ‘True West’ soars with gritty dialogue, inspired cast
"Anthony Goes and Steve Kidd give performances of their careers as warring brothers in Sam Shepard’s classic American play. There’s got to be something in Warwick’s drinking water, because ever since The Gamm Theatre set up shop just south of the airport, it’s been knocking one show after another out of the park." - PROVIDENCE JOURNAL read the review >
""True West" marks a successful capper to the Gamm's first season in their Warwick home. It's a witty and insightful entertainment featuring actors at the top of their game." - EDGE PROVIDENCE
Sam Shepard's 'True West' a must see at Gamm
"Sam Shepard's "True West," directed by Tony Estrella and on stage at the Gamm through May 5, is a riveting tour de force. A tale of sibling rivalry between two brothers (think Cain and Abel), Lee (Anthony Goes) and Austin (Steve Kidd,) "True West," is as complicated as its is simple; as humorous as it is heartbreaking; as outlandish as it is realistic, and as male-centric as all get out. It's so Sam Shepard."
- THE WESTERLY SUN read the review >
The Gamm Delivers Hard-Hitting Production Of "True West"
"Directed by the company’s leader, Tony Estrella, this show is a hard-hitting, even slashing, look at this perhaps Sam Shepard’s best play." - THE PUBLIC'S RADIO read the review >
Gamm’s “True West” stays true to sibling rivarly
"There is a laugh in almost every line and Director Tony Estrella’s brilliant cast doesn’t miss a one of them. At the same time, the production pulls on the heart and rips at the gut." - NEWPORTRI.COM
True West tackles tough questions at Gamm
"In a season where Gamm keeps getting better and better, it seems cliché to keep calling each show a must-see, but once again, it’s true. True West is as good as theater gets, and lucky for you, it’s local enough that there’s no excuse to miss it. " - WPRO read the review >
Truly Great 'True West' at Gamm
"American playwright Sam Shepard knows how to get your attention, grab you by the throat, and never let go until the lights go out. His “True West” was written for theatre companies that can provide great actors who can immerse themselves in their complex, cerebral and physical characters."
- WARWICK BEACON . read the review >
‘True West’ discovers truth within family dysfunction
"Playwright Shepard is known for his black comedies with underlying insight, and the Gamm does it all: the blackness, the insight and the comedy." - THE TIMES read the review >
"For a well acted and directed show of this classic show, catch it as the closing show of Gamm’s 34th season." - THEATERMIRROR read the review >
Gamm Theatre Delivers Powerful TRUE WEST
"The Gamm Theatre has mounted a visually compelling production with penetrating performances that slice to the heart of Shepard's darkly comedic vision....If you're a fan of Shepard, you'll find this to be an outstanding production of one of his finest plays. And if you're new to his work, you're in for a real treat." - BROADWAY WORLD read the review >
THE GAMM’S TRUE WEST EXPLORES THE POLARITY OF HUMAN NATURE
"With Gamm artistic director Tony Estrella at the helm, True West hits every note perfectly, balancing between crude, often toxic masculine tropes and a surprisingly tender bond between two brothers who represent the polarity of our natures. " - MOTIF read the review >