Rep Stage marks the close of its milestone 25th season not with fireworks, but with something more explosive: Sam Shepard's play "True West."
"True West" is a hair-raising onstage collision between a feral outlaw and a meek screenwriter who happen to be brothers. It all unfolds -- or perhaps erupts is a better word -- in their mother's Los Angeles kitchen.
It has bad language, fighting and a lot of toast.
The production, which runs April 26 to May 13, will also be "quite a lovely reunion to close out the season," said Joseph Ritsch, Rep Stage's producing artistic director.
That's because the play is directed by Vincent Lancisi, who is the artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. His association with Rep Stage started at the beginning in 1993 when he directed its first production, "Marvin's Room."
"The play shows deep emotions of joy and envy and competition and regret. These two brothers go through the ringer. It's a tour de force."
"True West" has a cast of four. Dominating the performances are Tim Getman as the menacing Lee and Daniel Corey as the bookish Austin. Lash is Mom and James Whalen is Saul, a clueless Hollywood producer.
Ritsch made the selection of "True West" to close the season.
"It's one of the most popular and well-known plays in Shepard's canon," he said. "When I was programming the anniversary season it was important to stress the history of Rep Stage and what it is known for, and that's American classics."
On Broadway, "True West" has paired Gary Sinise and John Malkovich in one production and John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman in another. In the latter, the two actors would periodically swap roles.
Because of language and violence, audience members for the Rep Stage production must be at least 16. All performances are Thursday through Sunday. The top general admission price is $40 and there are discounts for seniors, military, students (with ID) and groups of 10 or more. All Thursday performances are $10.