True West

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sam Shepard
Narrator: Alfred Molina , Charlotte Rae
Genres: Drama
Publisher: LA Theatre Works
Published In: July 2002
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Premiered in San Francisco in 1980, True West is one of Sam Shepard's funniest plays, as well as one of his most brutal. Austin is a stable, successful Hollywood screenwriter, Lee his menacing vagabond brother, and True West is the story of their attempt to trade lives. Their tragicomic quest to change identity ends in a stalemate, but along the way Shepard takes gleeful potshots at Hollywood, the myth of the frontier, and the escape fantasies that drive the American imagination.

Reviews (1)

I don't get it.

Written by Anonymous on November 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

As a "day in the life" type of diversion, it was something to do. But any other few days in the lives of these characters would have been as, if not more, interesting. You can turn off disc 2 (the last) at any point and feel equally satisfied with the ending. Perhaps it could be done as a comedy, but this cast didn't. Too much anger and emotion to laugh with or at them.

Author Details

Author Details

Shepard, Sam

Sam Shepard is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than forty-five plays. He was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collection Great Dream of Heaven, and he has also written the story collection Cruising Paradise, two collections of prose pieces, Motel Chronicles and Hawk Moon, and Rolling Thunder Logbook, a diary of Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Review tour. As an actor he has appeared in more than thirty films, and he received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for his performance in "The Right Stuff," His screenplay for "Paris, Texas" won the Grand Jury Prize at t