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Review: Sam Shepard’s “True West” Truly Ignites the Arizona Theatre Company Stage with Equal Parts Violence and Humor in the Company’s Best Show of the Season

By Chuck Graham. Originally published by Come for the energy (and the laughs) but stay for the artistic insight, that’s my advice when it comes to seeing Arizona Theatre Company’s bristling smack-down production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated True West. I’ll guarantee you this – no one who watches this show thoughtfully will go […]

Review: Powerful acting, set elevate Arizona Theatre Company’s “True West”

By Ann Brown. Originally Published by the Arizona Daily Star. Arizona Theatre Company’s production of Sam Shepard’s True West is a powerful, poignant portrayal of family dysfunction and sibling rivalry punctuated with laugh-out-loud humor. True West which opened Friday, May 3, closes the ATC season on May 18. Prolific playwright Shepard (1943-2017) is known for […]

Review: TRUE WEST at Arizona Theatre Company

By Zach Wetzel. Originally published by Broadway World. True West explodes onstage at Arizona Theatre Company. This is the single greatest piece of live theater I have ever seen. True West is the story of two estranged siblings forced to interact while one of them house-sits for their mother. Written by Sam Shepard and directed by Jenn […]

Apr 19, 2024

About the Play — “True West”

Consider the American Dream. Consider the promise that hard work breeds success. Nothing is off the table. As long as you are willing to put in the hours to make it happen, the world is at your fingertips. So, you put your head down and you get to work. You do the best you can […]

Apr 11, 2024

About the Playwright — Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard has been described by New York Magazine as “the greatest American playwright of his generation,” a description earned as a result of several successful works he created. Gruff, gritty, and bold, Shepard’s work stands out amongst the peers of his time. “He was Tarantino, before Tarantino,” said Kasser Family Artistic Director Matt August. […]

Arizona Theatre Company to Conclude 56th Season With Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST

By Chloe Rabinowitz. Originally published on Arizona Theatre Company will present Sam Shepard’s True West in an electrifying conclusion to its 56th season. This raw and gripping production promises audiences a hilariously unforgettable journey into the heart of family, rivalry, and the American Dream. True West depicts the turbulent relationship between two estranged brothers, Austin and […]

The Dark & Comedic “True West” at ATC

By Kathleen Kennedy. Originally Published in Desert Leaf. Arizona is in for a true Western masterpiece this month when ATC presents the acclaimed Sam Shepard play True West, nominated in 1983 for a Pulitzer Prize and in 2000 for three Tony Awards, including Best Play, and two Drama Desk Awards. Director Jenn Thompson brings a […]

Review: Intimate Apparel, Arizona Theatre Company

By Gil Benbrook. Originally published in Talkin’ Broadway. Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel is a poignant drama that explores love, longing, and the pursuit of dreams in early 20th-century New York City. Arizona Theatre Company is currently presenting an exquisite production of this deeply resonating drama with an impeccable cast, emotionally rich direction, and gorgeous creative elements. Set […]