Sam Shepard

Rep Stage closes 25th season with volatile Sam Shepard play 'True West'

Rep Stage closes 25th season with volatile Sam Shepard play 'True West'

Eerie wails of coyotes, mixing with the ceaseless drone of crickets, might conjure up something of the old, rugged American West. But heard from inside a suburban Southern California home, those sounds merely serve to underscore the slippery realities in Sam Shepard’s “True West,” a biting play from 1980 enjoying a robust revival at Rep Stage.

Shepard, who died last year at the age of 73, had a particular knack for capturing what makes men tick — especially the kind of men, like those at the heart of this play, struggling with competition, communication, ambition, violence and who knows how many other issues.

“True West” focuses on two brothers brought together in an...

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