True West

True West Comedy m f Int Recently revived at New York s Circle in the Square where Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly alternated playing the roles of the brothers this American classic explores alternatives

  • Title: True West
  • Author: Sam Shepard
  • ISBN: 9780573617287
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Comedy 3m, 1f Int Recently revived at New York s Circle in the Square, where Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly alternated playing the roles of the brothers, this American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script Austin, tComedy 3m, 1f Int Recently revived at New York s Circle in the Square, where Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly alternated playing the roles of the brothers, this American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee s trashy Western tale Shepard s masterwork It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37 year old genius New York Post 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 the ability to make you think you re watching one thing while at the same time he s presenting another San Francisco Chronicle

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    • True West : Sam Shepard
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    About "Sam Shepard"

    1. Sam Shepard

      Sam Shepard was an American artist who worked as an award winning playwright, writer and actor His many written works are known for being frank and often absurd, as well as for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American west He was an actor of the stage and motion pictures a director of stage and film author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs and a musician.

    121 thoughts on “True West”

    1. bbc/programmes/b07tq923Description: Sam Shepard's examination of the relationship and rivalry between two brothers - Austin, a screenwriter, and his older, estranged brother, Lee. Starring the Glenister brothers.The drama is set in the kitchen of their mother's home, 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and is confronted there by his brother, who decides to pay a visit. Lee manages to bully his way into the house and to borrow his brother's car. [...]


    2. Αυτό είναι το πρώτο θεατρικό έργο του Σαμ Σέπαρντ που διαβάζω, μιας και τα άλλα τρία βιβλία του που απόλαυσα το 2015 και το 2017, ήταν συλλογές με ιστορίες και κείμενα. Εδώ έχουμε να κάνουμε με ένα αρκετά ιδιαίτερο και ενδιαφέρον θεατρικό έργο, ρεαλιστικό, ωμό και σκληρό, μπορεί ν [...]


    3. Shepard, a true legend. Actor, author, dramaturge. He was with Patti Smith, Jessica Lange. We discovered his play at the same time we saw "Right stuff". It was a revelation. Shepard attacks with the myth of the cowboy, emblematic of the American culture. This n' is not a demolition. He gives to the cowboy an human dimension. By reading the play, I find the same emotion than when I was at the theatre.



    4. Holy crap! This play is NOTHING but character development! Two brothers in a kitchen (and connected alcove) for 9 Scenes, talking, and somehow it's completely engrossing. While satirizing the Western genre, the play raises all kinds of questions about family, independence, rural and urban lifestyles and doesn't try to answer them conclusively, which is refreshing. This is like the anti-"Pericles." In 30-40(?) pages, I felt like I could write a 10 page paper on this play easily. After all 140 pag [...]




    5. نمایشنامه خوندن تو سفر خیلی بهم می‌چسبه و این رو هم تو جاده خوندم و هنوز نصف راه رفت رو هم نرفته بودیم که تموم شد. از سم شپارد قبلن داستان کوتاه‌های خواب خوب بهشت رو خونده بودم و حالا با خوندن این نمایشنامه بیشتر ازش خوشم اومد و راغب شدم برم سراغ چیزای دیگه‌ای که ازش چاپ شده


    6. From realistic family drama to absurd family weirdness, True West is, at least, compelling. Brothers Leo and Austin play out their rivalry over screenwriting, toaster theft and desert living -- three unforgiving pursuits -- while trying to one up each other, kill each other and (maybe?) love each other for two fascinating acts. It has the makings of a fun performance, but it reveals one of the sadnesses of reading theatre before seeing it staged because it lies dead on the page and there is no o [...]


    7. Notes on Sound"The Coyote of Southern California has a distinct yapping, dog-like bark, similar to a Hyena. This yapping grows more intense and maniacal as the pack grows in numbers, which is usually the case when they lure, and kill pets from suburban yards. The sense of growing frenzy in the pack should be felt in the background, particularly in scenes 7 and 8. In any case, these Coyotes never make the long, mournful. solitary howl of the Hollywood stereotype.The sound of Crickets can speak fo [...]


    8. Raw, brutal, intense - no warm fuzzies here. I really want to see/experience this play in the flesh though- there are several scene that just itch for live performance at the very least I want to see the line-up of toasters. And the final scenes are visceral in their intensity. I think I have to take a shower now.


    9. The reason I have never read or seen any of Sam Shepard's plays is that I am from Cleveland. When I grew up in that woebegone place, the big news story was about Dr. Sam Sheppard (with two p's) murdering his wife. It was the biggest news story for nearly two decades, and I was thoroughly sick of it.Now that I have washed Cleveland out of my hair (or is it that I just lost most of my hair?), I thought I'd give Shepard (with one p) a chance.True West is about a struggle between two brothers, Austi [...]


    10. Always feels a little weird when it takes someone dying for me to finally check out their work, but this was sublime. RIP, Mr. Shepard.


    11. نمایشنامه غرب حقیقی،اثر سم شپارد از 9 پرده تشکیل شده که تمام آن ها یک طراحی به خصوص (مانند دیگر آثار شپرد معمولا یک خانه کلبه مانند با وسایل ساده) دارد،اتاقی که در یک سوی آن آشپزخانه و در سویی دیگر آلاچیقی بدون در قرار گرفته است. در هشت صحنه اول فقط دو نقش لی(برادر بزرگ) و آستین (ب [...]


    12. Moe: "It's 'Po-Mo!'" [Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl stare at him blankly.] Moe: "Post-Modern?" [They continue to stare blankly.] Moe: "Yeah, all right. 'Weird for the sake of weird.'" Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl: "Ohh!"So with True West, I was introduced to the concept of Postmodernism. Not that this play is the first piece of postmodern literature I've ever read, but it is the first postmodern work I've read that I knew was considered postmodern while I was reading it. Which means absolutely [...]


    13. بسیار بسیار بسیار خوب. سام شپارده دیگه. 8-> :یدیالوگ‌هاش عــالیَن. خشم، انسانیت، اون حسی که آدم به برادرش داره، اینا رو عــالی درآورده. بعضی جاها لی واقعا نفرت‌انگیز و رواعصاب به‌نظر می‌یاد و بعضی جاها خیلی برتر از آستین. بعضی جاها حق رو به آستین می‌دی و بعضی جاها به لی. فضای [...]


    14. From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:Sam Shepard's examination of the relationship and rivalry between two brothers - Austin, a screenwriter, and his older, estranged brother, Lee. Starring the Glenister brothers.The drama is set in the kitchen of their mother's home, 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and is confronted there by his brother, who decides to pay a visit. Lee manages to bully his way into the house and to borrow his brother's car. The screenp [...]


    15. Why does the Pulitzer Committee like Sam Shepard so much?This is the third play of his that I’ve read, and I didn’t much enjoy any of them. Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe his plays are genius, and I’m simply too much of a rube to appreciate them. As for True West, the tale of two brothers, I started out liking it. Yes, it was yet another dysfunctional family drama, but the promise of an examination of the relationship between siblings, of how siblings can grow up in the same house an [...]


    16. I've never read any of Sam Shepard's plays although I've enjoyed his films and acting. And for full disclosure, I think I've read only 2-3 plays to date (not including Shakespeare, as - pardon my fine distinction - I consider Shakespeare's plays to be in a class by themselves). So perhaps if I READ through the Shepard films that I've enjoyed I'd feel the same sort of letdown. "Letdown"? Well, while the 2 main characters in "True West", brothers Lee and Austin produce some entertaining dialogue, [...]


    17. I love it when playwrights toy with convention. Sam Shepard is certainly one of them. I first read "Fool For Love" several years ago and was impressed by his voice and style. "True West" is very similar in tone, though not in execution or story. It starts like a typical brothers who don't see eye-to-eye story and ends with that convention flipped on its head. Though I believe the outcome to be highly unbelievable, it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the story. I see Shepard occupying the same south [...]


    18. An absolutely wonderful play- my introduction to Shepard. Led me to Beckett and Brecht, and was a perfectly "me" story. Humans are liars, and we never really get anywhere. Shepard understands my sensibilities.


    19. I'm still trying to let this beautiful play settle in my mind, but one of my resolutions this year is to immediately review everything I read. SO! Here are my initial, somewhat (very) rambling thoughts (trying to keep this vague enough that I don't have to cut it for spoilers):1. Toast. I may never look at toast the same way.2. Brothers/family. The play's treatment of the brothers' relationship was raw and intense. Their somewhat-but-not-quite Cain and Abel rapport was handled in a visceral and [...]


    20. I cannot help it: both West End and Buried Child work great – until it comes to the last act. In Buried Child the absurdity gets over the top: the characters are mumbling things just to mumble something; the atmosphere of absurdity vanishes into an atmosphere of “so? What next?” and in my head I hear Shepard’s quote: “I hate endings. Just detest them. Beginnings are definitely the most exciting, middles are perplexing and endings are a disaster. The temptation towards resolution, towar [...]


    21. Reading what so ever written by Shepard means going through a shortened social history of America after ww II, and up till the end of 20.century. Plots are so simple and dialogues are not very much sophisticated. Maybe some of works by Shepard are not as interesting as the others, but for those whom are interested in sociology, and drama as writing-art, will enjoy reading or watching works by Shepard. Reading simple and plain plays by Shepard gives you dare to sit and write about whatsoever plot [...]


    22. Read this for school. I’m not familiar with these sorts of “American plays,” so bear with me. It’s very short, and it’s the first work I’ve read by Sam Shepard. It’s basically a comedy featuring two brothers who couldn’t be more different from one another. They’re both staying at their mother’s place. One seems to be a promising screenwriter, while the other one is a loud-mouthed kleptomaniac who has just returned from the desert. All the action takes place in a kitchen and a [...]


    23. I always have a hard time reviewing plays, because the volume and look and set design are so key to the understanding. I am so used to reading novels, with all the description there for the movie I make in my head.A few things about this really stood out for me• the good son/bad son dichotomy is apparently not as strict as we are at first led to believe• life as a script writer is just like this, I know. Meetings, deals, etc--and then getting dumped on your ass by some one-hit wonder. A one- [...]


    24. True West, as a play, wasn't a great experience for me. There were two central characters, brothers, and the plot, which I found to be really simple, was ongoing with no real essence to it. In a way, I found it to be similar to Catcher in the Rye because it reminded me of the familial bickering's that occurred in both. I felt that Catcher in the Rye captured more of an essence than did True West mainly because the characters were a lot more multi-faceted. In True West, Austin and his brother Lee [...]


    25. Some serious Cain and Able stuff right here. It's pure structure vs. chaos and what starts out as a character study centering on a sibling rivalry goes off the rails into some straight up loopy territory that essentially flips the positions of the brothers and features all of literature's single greatest instance of toaster theft. The LA Theatre Works production is, as usual, excellent and, also as usual, a great excuse to let Alfred Molina stomp all over some poor, lesser actor (though the guy [...]


    26. Although this book was a really quick read,I really enjoy reading plays for a change. The bickering between the two brothers is very bizarre. The whole situation was kind of strange. When the mother made her first entrance in the play was really stange. Everyones relationship with eachother is weird. They seem like they want to care for eachother but do it in the wrong ways. I foudn the ending strange aswell, it was like there was suppose to be another scene but nothing continued. I felt like no [...]


    27. Sometimes I suspect that all of Sam Shepard's characters are really different aspects of his own personality. His works depict a distinctly American psyche in constant battle with itself, the open frontier, the anonymous landscape, the never-ending road, the random people along the way and the broken families they left behind. I read somewhere that he never flies because it's unnatural, humans shouldn't leave the ground or something along those lines. Interesting.


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